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Plant Details

Kalmia latifolia

Mountain Laurel, Ivy, Calico-bush

Scientific Name:

Kalmia latifolia

Genus:

Kalmia

Species Epithet:

latifolia

Common Name:

Mountain Laurel, Ivy, Calico-bush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Acidic forests, bluffs, bogs, along sandhill streams, and in a wide range of other habitats, nearly ubiquitous in the mountains, up to at least 1600m, more restricted in habitat in the lower Piedmont and Coastal Plain (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Closeup of Buds and Blooms

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Another Closeup of Buds and Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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