Labrador tea Ericaceae Ledum
|Leaf: Alternate (often clustered appearing whorled), simple, evergreen, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 1/2 to 2 inches long, entire, distinctly rolled edges, dark green above, densely woolly below which is at first white but matures to a rusty brown color, fragrant when crushed.
Flower: Five petals, white, 1/3 inch across, in small terminal clusters, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Small, elongated, pointed, 5-parted, dry capsule, 1/3 inch long, at first green but maturing to brown by the end of summer, cluster typically drooping.
Twig: Moderate, reddish brown and densely wooly, buds scaly.
Bark: Smooth, gray to reddish brown.
Form: A spreading, somewhat open shrub to 3 feet.
Looks like: bog rosemary
- bog laurel
| Additional Range Information:
Ledum groenlandicum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Labrador tea.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson