Unbelievably floriferous!


Red Bandit Mountain Laurel

1-Quart
Item # 34645
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Kalmia latifolia 'Red Bandit'

Dense and slow-growing, it's a majestic beauty in miniature!
Dense, bushy, and beautiful, this slow grower sets large trusses of rosy-pink blooms with dark maroon accents. The 1-inch flowers are held in clusters of up to 5, with several clusters on every flowering stem, creating a swathe of color so broad that it nearly hides the attractive foliage at the height of the season.

Red Bandit is a gloriously bright, free-flowering Kalmia, very well adapted and tolerant of adversity. Give it partial shade in a woodland setting or shady border, or use it as an understory planting. It will flourish for decades.

This Mountain Laurel thrives in acidic, enriched, well-drained soil. Just 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, this native shrub is ideal for the border, as edging, for accents, and in the woodland garden. It forms a plump, rounded plant, and in late spring is unbelievably floriferous. A Littleleaf Mountain Laurel, its neat foliage looks good even when the plant isn't in bloom. But the blooms are so profuse that when Minuet is in color, you can hardly see the leaves!

Happy in full sun in the north, dappled to half shade farther south, this shrub remains compact and dense, never growing rangy as larger Mountain Laurels often do. It's the perfect size for containers, where it can be moved front and center during its bloomtime to show off the masses and masses of saucer-like flowers to best effect!

Give Red Bandit well-drained, rich soil and plenty of water, especially the first year. A hardy native plant, it is fairly untroubled by pests and diseases, and is a low-maintenance addition to any garden. Space shrubs about 2½ feet apart. Zones 5-9.

Genus Kalmia
Species latifolia
Variety 'Red Bandit'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Season Late Spring
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 4 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color Dark Pink, Dark Rose, Light Maroon
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Part Shade, Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Hedge, Ornamental, Border
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.