Hello everyone and welcome back on this Friday morning! Today’s wildflower is the “Bog Laurel”, also called “Pale Laurel” and “Swamp Laurel”. This beautiful flower is a woody stemmed shrub really and grows in bogs, acidic lakeshores and muskeg. Although it grows in wet places, it doesn’t tolerate being flooded. It is often found with “Labrador Tea”, the white flowers in the picture. The leaves of this plant are evergreen. Each individual flower is about 1/2 inch (12.5mm) across and will form loose clusters of up to a dozen or so flowers. The very center of the flower is green. It will grow in both sun and partial shade and blooms from May to June. It is a native wildflower and grows up to 30 inches (75cm) tall. In Canada it can be found right across the country except in B.C., in the US it can be found from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and up to Maine. Thank you for reading. Beginning next week our wildflower series will be one day per week, probably on Wednesday. Our bird series will return, but I’m not sure which day yet, and there will be something different for each of the other 3 days as well. Have a fantastic Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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