Family, Heath. Color, white. Leaves, evergreen, oblong or elliptical, alternate, entire, margins revolute, with reddish wool underneath, on short petioles. Calyx, 5-toothed. Corolla, of 5 distinct oblong, spreading petals. Stamens, 5 to 10. Style, white, turning red. Flowers, in umbel-like clusters terminating the branches.
A shrub, 2 to 3 feet high, whose leaves when crushed exhale a pleasant, tea-like fragrance. The clusters of flowers arise from the center of a scaly bract which is resinous-dotted. It grows in moist woods, on hillsides, in bogs, from New England to Pennsylvania and northward.