alpine laurel Ericaceae Kalmia microphylla
Leaf:Opposite, evergreen, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 1/2 to 1 inch long, distinctly rolled leaf edges, leathery, shiny dark green above, nearly white below and finely fuzzy.
Flower:Terminal cluster of pretty pink to purple, bell-shaped flowers each 3/8 inch across; appear in summer.
Fruit:Small, 5-parted, round (a bit urn-shaped), woody capsules, ripen in early fall and persistent through the winter and into spring.
Twig:Slender, fuzzy when young, later reddish brown to gray and smooth,two edged or lined; buds reddish brown, round.
Bark:Grayish brown, smooth with a few shallow fissures.
Form:Small, much branched shrub up to 18 inches but usually much smaller, often falling over and matted.