Bog or Swamp Laurel

Bog Laurel, Kalmia polifolia

Bog Laurel Flower, photographer Martha Rasmussen

This beautiful plant is sometimes called Bog Laurel, Swamp Laurel or Pale Laurel.  Bog Laurel starts to bloom in May around the Darrington Washington area. They like to grow along the shores of alpine lakes, beaver ponds and wetlands. It is common to see it growing on rotting logs and stumps, appearing to look like floating gardens in the water.

Bog Laurel growing on rotting log at Texas Pond, photographer Martha Rasmussen

In higher elevations Bog Laurel will bloom later as snow melts away, sometimes as late as October. A good place to see Bog Laurel blooming is at Texas Pond