Kalmia latifolia 'LITTLE LINDA'

Kalmia latifolia
Kalmia latifolia 'LITTLE LINDA'
mountain laurel
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS kombinovaná:white a pink a deep pink
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels

Little Linda is a bit older variety of mountain laurel bred by Richard Jaynes in 1982. It was awarded AGM (Award of Garden Merit) by the Royal Horticultural Society in England in 2002. Its female parent is Star Cluster which bears white flowers with a rich maroon band. Surprisingly, Little Linda came out entirely different.

Little Linda mountain laurel bears smaller flowers compared to the species of other varieties. They open from rich pink buds into very pale pink shade, almost white. Another nice feature is its slow and compact growth making it a dwarf variety suitable for the smallest of gardens. The evergreen leaves are almost half the size as opposed to the species, they are leathery but not as thick as those on myrtifolia varieties, dark green, slightly curved, and glossy.

For a happy life it MUST HAVE acidic soil (add plenty of peat). Do not dig a deep hole but a wide one. Plant it in light, well drained soil that has to be well mulched to keep the surface roots moist at all times. Full sun is best for profuse flowering. Fertilize in spring and early autumn with rhododendron fertilizers. Use water solutions or slow-release fertilizers that will not burn the delicate surface roots. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 28-02-2016
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GLOSSARY
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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