alpine laurel Ericaceae Kalmia microphylla (Hook.) A. Heller Listen to the Latin symbol: KAMI Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: bog laurel
leaf flower fruit twig form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Kalmia microphylla is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting alpine laurel.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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