Ledum groenlandicum
(Labrador Tea)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Labrador Tea, Bog Labrador Tea, Muskeg Tea, Swamp Tea, Hudson's Bay Tea
    Synonyms: Ledum palustre, Rhododendron groenlandicum
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 2 - 6
    Type: Shrub
    Bloom Time: May - June
    Status: Native

Ledum groenlandicum, or Labrador Tea, is native to only the northern most tier of the United States. It is a perennial shrub, which grows in moist open woods, bogs and swamps in acidic soil, and often in sphagnum. It blooms in late spring to early summer with medium sized bright white flowers.

This species looks similar to a Rhododendron or azalea, and in fact, some now put it in that genus. It is easy to recognize because it has smaller leaves, whose undersides are fuzzy and brown.

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