Connecticut State Flower and How to Grow It

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White, Beautiful, and Elegant! This is what the Connecticut State Flower is! Let’s learn how to grow it!

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If you don’t have any idea about the Connecticut State Flower and what made it achieve that status, well, you are not alone! We’ll clear everything about these beautiful blooms!

Connecticut State Flower

In 1907, the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) was officially designated as the Connecticut State Flower through legislative action.

This shrub grows clusters of bell-like flowers in a signature white hue, which sometimes may have a tint of pink on them. They compliment its glossy green leaves quite elegantly.

The plant mainly blooms from late spring to early summer, usually from May to June, and grows to a height of 5 to 15 feet, with a the same spread.

In Connecticut, the flowers hold a deep place in the heart of the locals and represent beauty, endurance, and the state’s natural heritage.

When it comes to uses, local Native Americans used its wood to make hunting bows and other tools.

How to Grow Connecticut State Flower?

The best way to grow mountain laurel is through seeds. Start sowing the seeds in late fall to early winter in a good quality seed starting mix. Water well, and cover the pot with a clear plastic dome or plastic wrap to create a mini greenhouse effect—this will speed up the germination process.

Expose the seeds to plenty of bright and indirect sunlight.

Requirements for Growing Connecticut State Flower



The plant thrives in indirect sunlight. Grow it in an area where it receives morning sun and afternoon shade. The best, under the canopy of taller trees that provide dappled sunlight.


The plant thrives in well-draining, acidic soil. Add plenty of organic matter and compost in the growing medium to support the growth of the plant.


Water the plant only when the topsoil goes a little dry. Do this till the plant reaches at about 3-4 feet of height. Post that, it will take care of its watering requirements on its own.


Connecticut State Flower is hardy across USDA zones 5 to 9 and grows best in the temperature range of 60°F to 70°F (15.6°C to 21.1°C).

The plant is winter hardy and can tolerate temperatures as low as -20°F to -30°F (-28.9°C to -34.4°C)

Connecticut State Flower Care

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Fertilize Mountain Laurel with a balanced liquid feed once in 4-6 weeks, after diluting it to 1/2 of its recommended strength. Refrain from feeding the plant in winter.

Pests and Diseases

As long as the plant gets plenty of bright light and air circulation, it will be free of pests like rhododendron borer and Spider Mites.

To keep it safe from potential diseases, avoid wetting the foliage. This will keep powdery mildew and leaf blight at bay.

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