bog laurel Ericaceae Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. Listen to the Latin symbol: KAPO Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite, occasionally whorled, evergreen, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, distinctly rolled leaf edges, leathery, shiny dark green above, nearly white below.
Flower: Terminal cluster of pretty pink to purple (occasionally white), bell-shaped flowers each 3/8 inch across; appear in late spring.
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, reddish brown to gray, two edged or lined, buds reddish brown, round.
Bark: Grayish brown, smooth with a few shallow fissures.
Form: Small shrub up to 2 feet tall, often falling over and matted.

Looks like: alpine laurel - sheep laurel - bog rosemary - Labrador tea
leaf fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Kalmia polifolia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bog laurel.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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