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Labrador Tea
Ledum groenlandicum
Uses: Beverage/Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 3-7)
Aromatic shrub found in damp areas throughout northern North America. Narrow leathery leaves are aromatic when crushed. Showy white scented flowers cover the plants in spring. Spicy leaves can substitute for bay leaf and are terrific on meats and in marinades. The fragrant tea made from dried leaves was popular during the American Revolution when British tea was boycotted by the colonists. The tea is still enjoyed as an everyday tea today. The tea is also useful for headaches, asthma, colds, and stomach problems. Requires moist, acidic soil rich in organic matter in shade or partial shade. Ht. 50 cm (20 in).
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