Bog Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum,
formerly Ledum groenlandicum), is a low shrub growing to
50 cm (rarely up to 2 m) tall with evergreen leaves 20-60
mm long and 3-15 mm broad. The leaves are wrinkled on
top, densely hairy white to red-brown underneath, and
have a leathery texture, curling at the edges. The tiny white
flowers grow in hemispherical clusters and are
very fragrant and sticky.
It is found growing in northern latitudes right around the
world. In Europe, it occurs south to the Alps, and in the
United States, it reaches as far south as northern
Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey in the east, and
Oregon in the west. It grows in bogs and on wet shores,
and sometimes on rocky alpine slopes.
It is traditional used as an herbal tea (Labrador Tea.)
Note from Earl :I find the variety growing in Greenland
to be far superior to the ones you find growing in the US.
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