Kalmia latifolia

Kalmia latifolia

Mountain laurel

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Kalmia latifolia
  • Common name: Mountain laurel
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

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. 

Advertisement

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.

How to grow Kalmia latifolia

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Kalmia latifolia and wildlife

Kalmia latifolia provides shelter and habitat.

Is Kalmia latifolia poisonous?

Kalmia latifolia irritates skin, irritates eyes and causes an upset stomach. Its fruit, bark, seeds, seed capsules, foliage and sap are toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

Plants that go well with Kalmia latifolia