Thursday, August 26, 2010

Northern Labrador Tea - Flowering in Late August

I think earlier I was excited to catch Labrador Tea in flower up at Grassi Lake in July. I haven't seen it in flower probably since the summer I tree planted. I've linked back to that post for anyone who wants to see the difference between the two plants. The northern one is much smaller and has very narrow leaves compared to the southern species. This is one of my all time favourite plants because of its orange fuss on the underside of its leaves and all the neat ways its adapt to growing in nutrient poor, boggy environments which are generally acidic and often like a dessert in the spring as the roots may remain frozen even after the leaves are exposed to light - thus the moisture loss reducing leaf design.
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