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LEDUM groenlandicum

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

LEDUM groenlandicum

Plant Common Name

Bog Labrador Tea, Labrador Tea

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General Description

Once you've encountered the green leaves with rolled edges and fuzzy tan undersides, you'll likely never forget the Labrador tea shrub. This broadleaf evergreen has an open, rounded to spreading shape. It's native to the peaty soils and cool bogs of North America from Greenland to Alaska southward across Canada into the northern United States. In some American states it has become an endangered species.

The densely woolly twigs have long oval leaves, mainly arranged alternately but often in whorl-like clusters at stem tips. Each leaf is green with edges that are rolled under, somewhat hiding the fuzzy tan undersides. New leaves' undersides are ivory but age to nearly brown fuzz. Crush a leaf and smell the fragrance! In late spring, tiny white flowers are in rounded masses on branch tips. Little capsules that are elongated and five-parted turn sienna-tan by summer's end.

Grow Labrador tea is a humusy, moist soil that is not alkaline in pH and is not soggy. A full sun to partially shaded situation promotes good leaf growth and ample flowering. It makes an intriguing shrub for a cool, partially shaded rock garden or heather collection.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 6

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    North America, Northeastern United States, North-Central United States, Northwestern United States, Alaska, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No