Kalmia latifolia

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Mountain Laurel


Plant Specifics

Size:7-10 (15) ft tall by 5-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant or natural background screen.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Cover for birds and mammals. Deer browse the foliage. 


Pollinated by bees.  Stamens will suddenly "snap" out of pockets in the petals and hit the insect with its load of pollen.

Native Habitats:Moist sites. Acid soils. Upland hardwood forest, slope forest , banks of seep streams, bluffs.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures