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

 

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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