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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Ledum glandulosum Nutt.
Western Labrador tea, Trapper's tea
USDA Symbol: LEGL
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A shrub with white flowers in roundish clusters at branch ends.
Labrador Tea (L. groenlandicum) is found across Canada and occurs in the West from Alaska south to the coast of Oregon; it has a rusty hue to the woolly underside of the leaf.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
British Columbia and Alberta south to Sierra Nevada, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Native Habitat:
Wet places in mountains. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Leaves steeped for tea by indigenous peoples. Warning:
Plants in the genus Ledum
, particularly the seeds, can be toxic. Though the leaves of a few species of Ledum
have traditionally been steeped for teas, only sparing use at dilute concentrations is recommended, to avoid exposure to the andromedotoxins known to exist in this genus. Conspicuous Flowers:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2010-11-06
Research By: TWC Staff