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Peppermint Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint'

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Peppermint Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint'

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Botanical Name

Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint'

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Partial Sun

The Peppermint Mountain Laurel is a compact, densely-branching evergreen shrub growing to 4 feet tall and 3½ feet wide. It has handsome dark-green glossy leaves, with a firm leathery texture, and it is always attractive. Color shows early, with the pink buds developing from late winter through spring, until flowering begins in May or early June. The flowers open white, but each one has a starburst inside, with 10 dark red lines radiating up the sides. This stunning effect makes a great show in your garden. Use this native tree anywhere, from wild gardens to the most formal settings, and in planter boxes too.

  • Year-round beauty from attractive evergreen foliage
  • Pink buds are showy all spring
  • White flowers have star-bust inside in dark red
  • Grows and blooms well in partial shade
  • Good choice for planter boxes and pots

Partial shade is ideal for the Peppermint Mountain Laurel. Grow it with morning sun, or in the dappled shade beneath deciduous trees. The soil should be rich, moist and well-drained, and sandy soils are more suitable than clay. Slightly acidic soil is best and avoid alkaline conditions. Grow in pots or planters if you don’t have suitable soil. Pests or diseases are rare, and the only care needed is to remove spent flowers. You can prune after flowering for shape, if you wish to, but it is not necessary.

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