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Labrador Tea

By Joline
This is actually from the rhododendron family, and isn't really a tea although the leaves can be steeped and drunk as a tisane.
I wouldn't recommend it though because it contains ledol a poisonous substance which will cause cramps and worse. The leaves have also been used in boiling water as a facial steam bath which is probably preferableSmile This is still done by many of the Native Americans.
Many of these attractive little bushes grow along the roadside near my home.

Tags: Flowers and plants Wild flower Maine Rhododendron groenlandicum

Voters: woolybill1, Eastlands, ColleenA and 34 more

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ColleenA Plus
5 350 5 Australia
12 Jun 2013 12:57PM
A great capture, what a pretty flower, interesting story...lucky I do not like tea

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Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 1:06PM
Beautifully captured little group of these interesting flowers with all their uses!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
12 Jun 2013 1:08PM
Think I'll leave the leaves on the plant, no brewing for me. Better like this making a lovely image......Sandy
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
12 Jun 2013 1:20PM
Another excellent presentation
12 Jun 2013 1:40PM
A lovely photo and interesting write up on these beautiful flowers Joline !!
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 1:46PM
Very well presented and veiled in silky webs, what more do you need............ The write up is interesting.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Jun 2013 2:23PM
Your text illuminates this fine image, I do not know about Labrador tea-- Thanks!
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
12 Jun 2013 3:11PM
Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
12 Jun 2013 3:24PM
A very beautiful flower, Joline, and perfectly captured and presented. Carol
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
12 Jun 2013 3:59PM
Oh.I dunno Joline.
It can't taste any worse than the cup of tea my wife makes me !!
Good shot.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
12 Jun 2013 4:47PM
A pretty, little flower and lovely presentation, Joline.

AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 5:36PM
I do like your presentation Joline and a fascinating write up of one of the rhododendron family.
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 5:54PM
More lovely and well presented work Joline.

Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
12 Jun 2013 6:41PM
Strange to think that such nasty potential lies within such a lovely plant Joline. I find it very interesting.GrinGrinGrin
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
12 Jun 2013 7:34PM
Very nice shot and very informative commentary.
JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
12 Jun 2013 9:16PM
Thank you for the interesting description. As has been said, an excellent presentation. Delightful image.

BarbaraR Plus
11 17 1 England
13 Jun 2013 11:27AM
Lovely capture.
Interesting info too.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
16 Jun 2013 8:38PM
very interesting! I like the fine cobwebs,too.

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