Etymology: Kalmia: named after Peter Kalm (1716-1779), Swedish botanist and student of Linnaeus
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall shrub, with a few branches, twigs with 2 sharp edges
Leaves: evergreen, leathery, opposite, linear to lance-like, shiny, mostly stalkless, edges turning downward; fine, white hairs below
Flowers: dark pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, saucer-shaped, stalked, petals connected almost to the tips; inflorescence a branched cluster (corymb-like) from the upper leaf axils; blooms May-June
Fruits: roundish capsule with an indented top
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Shrubs: Photos, descriptions, information Virginia Tech Dept. of Forestry, College of Natural Resources: detailed description and photographs Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"