Origin of kalmiaModL, after P. Kalm (1715-1779), Swedish botanist
any of a genus (Kalmia) of North American evergreen shrubs of the heath family, as the mountain laurel, with flowers of white or rose
- Any plant in the taxonomic genus Kalmia.
New Latin From Kalm + -ia, after the Finnish botanist Pehr Kalm.
- The other species of Kalmia, though very beautiful, are of less value, because they are smaller, more delicate, and less showy, but in peat-soil gardens they should be grown.
- Chamacistus, which has tiny leaves, and in early summer exquisite purple flowers, of the same size as those of Kalmia latifolia.
- The Myrtle-leaved Kalmia (K. myrtifolia) seems to be only a variety of K. latifolia, with smaller Myrtle-like foliage.
- Mountain Laurel (Kalmia) - The Kalmias are among the most beautiful of N.
- Many flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs of the heath family add to the beauty of the mountainous districts, rhododendron and kalmia often forming impenetrable thickets.