Ledum groenlandicum Oeder. - Labrador Tea


 

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Ledum groenlandicum - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

Habitat

Bogs, swamps.

Associates

 

Distribution

Greenland to Alberta and Washington, south to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Morphology

Small evergreen shrub, to 4' high and wide. Leaves alternate, simple, evergreen, to 2" long and .5" wide, elliptic or ovate to oblong, obtuse, margins recurved, glaucous and resinous, dark green above, covered with dark brown hairs beneath, fragrant, petiole to .25" long. Stems slender, rounded, young stems densely red-brown tomentose. Flowers perfect, white, to .75" across, in corymbs up to 2" across.. Fruits a capsule, 5 parted, opening from base to apex.

Notes

Flowers in May and June

Wetland indicator: Obligate

An attractive little evergreen shrub that is not well known in cultivation. The leaves can be steeped to make tea.

 


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 Michael Hough 2005