One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-growing northern shrub of the heath family, with fragrant leathery evergreen leaves that are sometimes used as a tea substitute.
Ledum groenlandicum, family Ericaceae
- ‘Shade-intolerant and often found on moist to wet soils, Labrador tea is common on open peatland dominated by sphagnum moss and in open-canopy coniferous forests.’
- ‘The young leaves of Labrador tea become infected in the fall; look for evidence of the orange fungus and powdery orange spores on the leaves.’
- ‘Tundra plants, including the Labrador tea, are now known to be able to get a jump start on summer by beginning photosynthesis beneath the snow before it has fully melted away.’
- ‘Labrador tea prefers wet or boggy locations, but can be found in drier areas as well.’
- ‘Wet loving plants start to appear on the terraces that alternate with short dry slopes: cotton grass mixed with Labrador teas, mouse eared chickweed, dried avens.’
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