Ericaceae - Rhododendron
SD flowering plants
Bog Labrador tea leaves are regularly used to make beverages and medicines--most commonly a fragrant tea--by many Native American tribes such as the Quinault and Makah, the Potawatomi, the Anishinaabe, the Iroquois, and First Nations tribes in Canada. When European explorers arrived, they soon adopted these uses as well, dubbing it "Indian plant tea". During the Revolutionary War, it was used as a substitute for tea.
It is sometimes grown as an ornamental shrub.
Its essential oil is popular in aromatherapy.
For its traditional uses in herbal medicine, see Labrador tea.
Bog Labrador tea contains toxic alkaloids, which are poisonous to livestock and may be toxic to humans in concentrated doses.