Kalmia latifolia

Kalmia latifolia

Mountain laurel

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Kalmia latifolia
  • Common name: Mountain laurel
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 2.5m

Spread: 2m

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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A relative of rhododendrons, Kalmia latifolia is an evergreen shrub, bearing clusters of pale pink flowers which open from crinkled, dark pink buds. It makes a good planting companion for heathers. 

For best results grow Kalmia latifolia in moist, slightly acidic soil, in full sun. Mulch annually with well-rotted leaf mould. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Provides shelter/habitat

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Toxic part: Fruit, Bark, Seeds, Seed capsules, Foliage, Sap
  • Effects: Harmful if ingested, Purgative if ingested

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