Kalmia, also known as calico bush or mountain laurel, a native of mountains in the eastern United States, is one of the finest summer-for gardeners with acid soil. It is a hardy evergreen growing to great heights in the wild, but is usually not more than 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 m) tall in the garden, and rather more in spread. The are glossy and pointed, and those at the tips of the branches shelter clusters of rosy pink cup-shaped crimped like calico, with conspicuous white stamens. The clusters are some 4 inches (10 cm) across, tightly crowded with blossom in a good season.
Kalmias are encaceous and need a cool, moistin lime-free soil, preferably in light shade, though an open is acceptable. In a small garden there would scarcely be space for more than one specimen, but if they can be planted in kalmias give the same massy effect as clumps of . Where there is no shade, a mulch of peat will help to keep the cool.
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