Kalmia latifolia Peppermint

Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint'

A Starburst of Pink and Red Stripes!

Item # 37568

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This striped Mountain Laurel has the look of a perfect gift - flowers and candy! Soft pink blooms with red stripes cover the compact shrub for many weeks as spring turns to summer, filling the sunny to partly shaded garden with bold color.

A selection of the native species, 'Peppermint' is much smaller and neater than wild Kalmia varieties, not to mention heavier-blooming. This quick-growing shrub sets masses of small, many-pointed buds of pale pink, which pop open to become cup-shaped blooms of white with 10 cinnamon-red stripes each! As they mature, the white petals turn blush-pink, creating a lovely two-tone look when 'Peppermint' is in full flower.

Glossy evergreen leaves complete the color show. They open reddish-brown in spring, then quickly turn a rich, even shade of green that complements the buds and blooms beautifully. Expect them to remain through winter, dropping only after new foliage has taken their place in spring.

'Peppermint' is a host for beneficial pollinators in the garden, too. The bloom clusters arise along the tips of branches, creating a stunning effect that also makes it easier for pollinating insects to find the nectar and share it with the rest of your garden!

Comfortable in the same conditions that Azaleas and Camellias like -- rich, acidic soil with undisturbed roots, good drainage, and a soil temperature that doesn't fluctuate too much (mulch the shrub heavily to achieve this) -- 'Peppermint' is a lovely choice for the border, woodland garden, or informal hedge. If pruning is needed, do it lightly right after the flowers pass in midsummer. The natural shape of this compact shrub is 3 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide, with a good dense habit that needs little attention.

You will fall in love with Kalmia latifolia 'Peppermint'! Its buds are gorgeous, its blooms bright and cheery, and its evergreen foliage a boon for the winter garden. Welcome beneficial pollinators into your woodland garden with this easy-care, long-lived native beauty! Zones 5-9.