Ericaceae (Heath Family)
General - erect or matted, evergreen shrubs, usually 30-40 cm tall; spreads by rooting branches and short rhizomes; branches slender, 2-edged.
Leaves - opposite; narrowly lance-shaped, 2-4 cm long, dark green; leathery above; dense, short, white hairs below; edges rolled under.
Flowers - in loose clusters at branch tips; showy, long stalked, rose-pink, saucer-shaped, 15-20 mm across; 10 stamens, tip of each tucked into small pouch in petal and held under tension (like a catapult); appear in May to June.
Fruit - 5-valved, egg-shaped to round capsules, about 6 mm long, brown, with a long protruding style; appearing in July and August.
Bogs and acidic lakeshores; widespread across NW Ontario's boreal forest north and west to central Yukon.
Can be confused with a non-flowering Bog Rosemary. However, the leaves of the Bog Rosemary are alternate and less lustrous than leaves of this species.
Return to Top of Page
| Ontario's North (West) Forest | Boreal Forests of the World | North (West) Forest Industry |
| World Links and Resources | "Forest Finder" Search Engine | Educational Resources |
| What's Happening | Contacts | Site Map |