Western labrador tea, trapper's tea
Mountainous regions of the west, from the Pacific states to Montana, Wyoming and Utah
Between 2 and 6 feet
Moist locations on mountainides
Bright green, ovate, closely-spaced, up to 2.5 inches long; hairy underneath
In summer, rhododendron columbianum (formerly ledum glandulosum) produces attractive, rounded clusters of white flowers, growing at the tips of the leafy branches. Individual flower heads have five small petals, less than half an inch in length, and from 8 to 10 longer white stamens, topped by yellowish-brown anthers. Flower centers have a greenish tint. The plant is relatively common, found in bogs and other moist places in the high mountains of the Pacific and northern Rocky Mountain states. Leaf branches are stout and woody.