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Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Pink Charm'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalmia (KAL-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Charm




4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Decatur, Georgia

Valparaiso, Indiana

North Augusta, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 14, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Mountain laurels are native to the Eastern North America. Specifically, the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana, North to New Brunswick, southern Ontario & the Ohio River valley of Indiana.

Many of the cultivars of Mountain Laurel originated from the Connecticut Experiment Station in Hamden and from the plant breeding of Dr. Richard Jaynes. Jaynes has created numerous named varieties and is considered the world's authority on Kalmia latifolia. This cultivar 'Pink Charm' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Gets large pink flowers that open over a two week period in late May and early June. Tends to grow best at the edge of the woods and areas protected from drying winds. This species is tolerant of shearing and pruning which is best d... read more