Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


781

Shrub, Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in acidic forests, bluffs, bogs, along sandhill streams, & in a wide range of other habitats, nearly ubiquitous in the mountains, up to at least 1600m, more restricted in habitat in lower Piedmont & Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/Pink
Bisexual
5 sepals
5-lobed corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

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 latifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kalmia latifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-08-001:
Kalmia latifolia   FAMILY Ericaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Laurel, Ivy, Calico-bush, Mountain Ivy