Kalmia polifolia Wangenh.
Family: Ericaceae
bog laurel, bog-laurel, pale laurel, pale-laurel, swamp laurel, swamp-laurel
Kalmia polifolia image
Keir Morse  
Etymology: Kalmia: named after Peter Kalm (1716-1779), Swedish botanist and student of Linnaeus
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall shrub, with a few branches, twigs with 2 sharp edges
Leaves: evergreen, leathery, opposite, linear to lance-like, shiny, mostly stalkless, edges turning downward; fine, white hairs below
Flowers: 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
Fruits: roundish capsule with an indented top
Habitat: bogs
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native