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. Susceptible to leaf spots and blights.
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. Avoid windswept sites. All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. Attracts butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Larval host to the Laurel Sphinx moth.
2 gallon pot
Image courtesy of Nicholas A Tonelli