Kalmia latifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant or natural background screen.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



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.