bog laurel Ericaceae Kalmia polifolia
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.