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Trailing azalea

Kalmia spp.

Also known as

Alpine azalea

Kalmia latifolia - Mountain Laurel 2 by Fritzflohrreynolds (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





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Kalmia latifolia Great Smoky
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Trailing azalea Overview

Kalmia is a genus containing around 11 species of evergreen shrubs in the Ericaceae family. They originate from Eastern North America and Cuba where they are found in regions with acid soil, some species native to boggy areas and others from dry sandy habitats. Several species are cultivated for their attractive Rhododendron-like umbels of bowl-shaped flowers in shades of purple, pink and white. These plants are toxic and should be grown away from grazing livestock.

How to propagate Trailing azalea


Propagation is by seed in the spring.


Softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Special features of Trailing azalea

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Trailing azalea

Grown for its flowers. Ideal for ground cover.