Jul. 21, 2017

Labrador tea, Rhododendron groenlandicum

Yesterday I complained because daisies had become "vulgare". But I have to admit I enjoy some changes. Labrador tea was previously Ledum. I have always enjoyed Rhododendrons, so when the chromosome crunchers figured out it is a Rhododendron, I was delighted. Now Michigan has a native Rhododendron. The shrub is smaller, up to about three feet, and the flowers are smaller, maybe 3/8 inch. But it really is a Rhody. It grows in bogs and acid swamps, and as you go farther north it has a less particular habit. It is in AK, CT(T), ID, MA, ME, MI, MN, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH(X), OR, PA(R), SD, VT, WA, WI, across Canada, and in GL and SPM. Cheboygan Co MI, 5/25/12.