Kalmia polifolia
Alpine Bog Laurel
A Colorado Native Alpine Species
Ericaceae or Heather Family
8 to 20 inches tall - rosy-pink
Full sun
Wet, fertile soil
Early to Mid-Summer
Propagate by seed, cutting or division
Photo by Jane Hendrix

Alpine Bog Laurel is an evergreen shrub with shiny, oval, leathery leaves and masses of pink flowers in mid-summer that grows in wet, acidic, humusy soils above timberline in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Like other members of the Heather or Heath Family, Mountain Bog Laurel could be challenging if you have alkaline soils. In that case, you could opt to grow it in a container (with drain holes) with its preferred soil type and sink it into your bog garden.