CRCCD – Mountain Laurel



Kalmia latifolia


Soil:  Acidic, Well-drained
Light:  Full to Part Sun (preferred)
Moisture:  Dry to Moist
Plant Height: 5 to 20 feet
Plant Width:  5 to 20 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Good for mass plantings, borders, wooded edges and hillsides.

The CT State Flower!  Extremely hardy, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub with dark green glossy leaves and showy flower clusters in late spring.  Pink flower buds open to cupped white to pale pink flowers with purple spots inside.  The stamens of the flowers have a spring-like mechanism that spreads pollen when tripped by a bee.  Not good for windswept sites.  Be aware that all parts of the plant are toxic to people and certain animals if ingested.  Attracts butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and songbirds.  Larval host to the Laurel Sphinx moth.

2 gallon pot