Elf Dwarf Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia 'Elf'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
|Botanical Pronunciation||KAL-mee-uh lat-if-FOH-lee-uh|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slow-growing dwarf to 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Spring to Early Summer|
|Design Ideas||Kalmia is a natural addition to gardens in the Pacific Northwest and grows wherever you can plant Rhododendron successfully. Use this dwarf shrub around the edges of tree canopies, among acid-loving woodland plants, or as a foundation plant along building walls and fences. Makes a great color contribution to wild gardens, particularly those in climates where summers are moderately cool. It also makes a lovely potted specimen for decks, patios, and porches.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, North American Native Selection, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Companion Plants||Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Azalea (Azalea); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis); Fetterbush (Leucothoe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9