Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC Coastal Plain, uncommon in SC Coastal Plain (rare in Mtns & in GA)

Look for it in moist to wet pinelands of the Coastal Plain, pocosin margins (or seemingly in pocosins or swamps because of fire suppression), mountain bogs & fens (& less commonly in rocky areas at high elevations) in the Mountains, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Whorls of 3
Petioles 4-12mm long

FLOWER:
Spring
Reddish-pink (rarely white)
Bisexual
5 sepals
5-lobed corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Kalmia carolina   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kalmia carolina   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC ERROR) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-08-002:
Kalmia angustifolia var. caroliniana   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Kalmia angustifolia var. carolina

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle


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image of Kalmia carolina, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_kaca2_001_lvd

        

image of Kalmia carolina, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmkcarolina_junkyard4

April    Clarendon County    SC

The flowers are miniatures of the larger Mountain Laurel (K. latifolia), per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Kalmia carolina, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm0505l_16

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Highly poisonous! Do not ingest, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Kalmia carolina, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm0411a_16

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Lvs coriaceous, green w a bluish tinge, lustrous above, hairy below, whorled, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Kalmia carolina, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm0411a_17

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Shrub to 2m tall (though often much shorter ), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Kalmia carolina, Southern Sheepkill, Carolina Wicky, Carolina Sheep-laurel, Carolina Bog Myrtle

JK Marlow    jkm0411c_30

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

The anthers are tucked into pockets and pop out when touched by insects, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.