Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Ledum glandulosum [Rhodendron neoglandulosum] (Labrador or Trapper's Tea)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Dilleniidae

Order

 Ericales

Family

 Ericaceae Heath family

Genus

 Ledum L. Labrador tea

Species

 Ledum glandulosum Nutt. western Labrador tea

A delightful evergreen shrub, reminiscent of a Rhododendron. Indeed they are both members of the acid-loving heather family.

It is at home in bog lands with low nutrients from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains, in USDA zones 4-9.

Labrador Tea forms many branches and grows to 3.'

There is a characteristic rust-colored "fur" on the undersides of the 2 " long, drooping leaves.

The plant emits a lovely, spicy odor and rewards its keepers with clusters of decorative, white flowers in late summer.

As the name implies, Native Peoples and early settlers made tea from the leaves but great care must be taken in identification as this plant has several toxic look-alikes.

   
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