sheep laurel Ericaceae Kalmia angustifolia
Leaf:Whorled (but may be opposite), evergreen, thickened, elliptical, entire margins; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long; green to blue-green above, pale green below.
Flower:Pretty clusters of pink to purple (occasionally white) bell-shaped flowers each 3/8 inch across; appear from axils of last years leaves in spring.
Fruit:Small, 5-parted woody capsules; ripen in early fall; persistent through the winter and into spring.
Twig:Slender, green turning brown; buds small.
Bark:Brown, becoming finely scaly.
Form:Low growing, open crowned shrub that may reach 3 feet in height. Spreads by root suckering.