Definition of kalmia in English:



  • An evergreen leathery-leaved shrub of the heather family, bearing large clusters of pink or red flowers. It is native to North America and Cuba and widely grown as an ornamental.

    • ‘Kalmia is a genus of about 7 species of evergreen shrubs from 0.2-5 m tall, in the family Ericaceae.’
    • ‘So far, ramorum dieback has been found mostly on rhododendrons and viburnums, although it has also been identified on camellia, kalmia, pieris, syringa and yew.’
    • ‘At this time of year, the woodland garden brims with masses of colour coming from the thousands of rhododendrons, camellias, kalmias and magnolias.’
    • ‘Two putative hybrids between Kalmia and Rhododendron are cultivated by enthusiasts and their status has always been the subject of debate.’
    • ‘Unfortunately there came a point where one had to stop reading about kalmias & fragrant catalpas & shuffle off to teach some students, but it was a very jolly start to the day.’


Modern Latin, named after Pehr Kalm (1716–1779), Swedish botanist.