Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia 'Elf')

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant are toxic.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bumblebees

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 8:12 PM

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia 'Elf') is an attractive flowering shrub native to eastern North America. 'Elf' is a dwarf variety that only grows to 3 to 4 feet tall. The distinctive five-sided, cup-shaped flowers bloom from late spring to early summer. The blossoms of 'Elf' are pink buds, which open to nearly white blooms. Kalmia latifolia is a larval host plant for the laurel sphinx moth.

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