Plant Details

Kalmia latifolia

Mountain Laurel, Ivy, Calico-bush

Scientific Name:

Kalmia latifolia

Common Name:

Mountain Laurel, Ivy, Calico-bush

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):

Pink, white

Size in Feet:

4 - 10


Full-sun, Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

sub-xeric / xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, inner Coast

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.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Closeup of Buds and Blooms


Another Closeup of Buds and Blooms



USDA PLANTS Database Record

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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