Bog Laurel 2011

Ansel Adams Wilderness, Garnet Lake, August 2011

  • Kalmia polifolia Wangenh.
  • Bog laurel, Pale laurel, Swamp laurel
  • Ericaceae (Heath Family)
  • Synonym(s): Chamaedaphne glauca, Kalmia polifolia ssp. polifolia, Kalmia polifolia var. rosmarinifolia
  • USDA Symbol: KAPO
  • USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

Bog Laurel or Swamp Laurel is a low, prostrate, broadleaf-evergreen mat, less than 3 ft. high. Trailing stems send up erect branches with glossy, leathery, dark blue-green foliage. Small, bell-like, pink flowers cluster together in groups of two to five. The fruit is a woody capsule.

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