Photographer: Derek Anderson
Kalmia polifolia Wangenh.
bog-laurel, pale-laurel, swamp-laurel
Kalmia: named after Peter Kalm (1716-1779), Swedish botanist and student of Linnaeus
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall shrub, with a few branches, twigs with 2 sharp edges|
|Flower: ||dark pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, saucer-shaped, stalked, petals connected almost to the tips; inflorescence a branched cluster (corymb-like) from the upper leaf axils; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||roundish capsule with an indented top|
|Leaf:||evergreen, leathery, opposite, linear to lance-like, shiny, mostly stalkless, edges turning downward; fine, white hairs below|