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Labrador Tea vs White Meadowsweet

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Spiraea alba

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Labrador Tea
White Meadowsweet

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

White Meadowsweet is a woody, deciduous shrub that begins to bloom in early summer with small white and pink flowers. Its foliage turns from a light green into an attractive golden-yellow later in the fall.

The White Meadowsweet, also known as Mead-Wort or Bride-Wort, is favored by birds and butterflies but is largely ignored by deer. They produce small brown berries in the summer, and while they are technically edible, they are not sweet and are more desired by wildlife.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

WHITE MEADOWSWEET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: rust orange
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flowers: white, fragrant
Flowers: white, small
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested


Other Names: mead wort, meadowsweet, narrowleaf meadowsweet, pale bridewort, pipestem