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Little Leaf Laurel, Calico Bush, Spoonwood, Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia var. myrtifolia 'Tiddlywinks'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalmia (KAL-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: latifolia var. myrtifolia
Cultivar: Tiddlywinks




24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Walkerton, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 15, 2010, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I also tried transplanting Mountain Laurel in my checkered past with miserable results. If you are lucky enough to have them growing where mother nature put them, leave them alone.

In my experience, the height listed for this plant is way low. I'm 6' tall and I have specimens on my property that are well over my head.


On Jul 6, 2009, fel from Wynnewood, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I initially planted it in partial shade. It barely grew, and always seemed to get damaged. Only flowered once in 8 years. 1.5 years ago I moved it to more sun (partial sun, mostly in afternoon), and now it is doing great, with lots of new branches and full flowering this year. This is a very small mountain laurel -- mine is only 1 ft high after over 9 years. The branches are thin and break easily. Plant it in a protected location where it can't be stepped on or disturbed. Grow it in acidic soil.