Labrador Tea

Rhododendron groenlandicum
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: me’uhwulhp
  • Description: Fragrant evergreen shrub 0.5-1.5m tall. Leaves are oblong, leathery, deep-green above with dense, rusty hairs beneath. Flowers are white in umbrella-like clusters.
  • Habitat: Peatlands and bogs; an indicator of wet, acidic, nutrient-poor organic soils.
  • Pairs with: Sweet gale, bog laurel, cranberry, hardhack, crowberry, and pine.
  • Fun Fact: The leaves have been used as an aromatic tea, but should be consumed in moderation due to the presence of potentially toxic glycosides.

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