Bog Plants: Sheep American-laurel

Photo of Sheep American-laurel

A June-blooming bog counterpart and close relative of Bog American-laurel is a small shrub called Sheep American-laurel (Kalmia angustifolia). Less of a bog specialist, this shrub also grows in forests and on pond and lake shores. While Bog American-laurel produces flowers in terminal clusters, Sheep American-laurel produces flowers below a flush of new leaves. Later in the season, fruit capsules of Sheep American-laurel are therefore partly concealed under a canopy of leaves. As the final photo shows, these capsules can persist through a turn of the seasons. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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