Marsh Labrador Tea (Ledum palustre)
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Marsh Labrador Tea (Ledum palustre)

Intoxicating Plant with which Beer was Brewed in the Past

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The Marsh Labrador Tea (also Rhododendron tomentosum) is an evergreen shrub that reaches 0.5 to 1.5 metres and preferably grows in moors and peat soils.

Its leaves are full of essential oil, which was used for the brewing of beer in the past and intensified the effect of the alcohol. Furthermore, it was mixed with bog myrtle to brew the famous gruit ale.
Its leaves are slightly poisonous and, today, are only used in folk medicine, e.g. against insect or tick bites, anymore. It's also suitable for fumigation as its leaves exude a slight camphor scent. A long stay in a field with Labrador tea is said to have an intoxicating effect because of its scent.
Due to the drainage of moorlands, it has become very rare.

Ledum palustre seeds, content: Approx. 500 Marsh Labrador Tea seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Country of origin:
AsiaNorth AmericaNorthern Europe
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
Medicinal plantOrnamental plantScented plantSpice plant
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 °C
Planting distance:
50 cm
Needs cold for germinationPoisonous plant
Main harvest:
Evergreen shrub. Cold germination: sow outdoors at the beginning of spring or in autumn. Alternatively, you can use artificial stratification, as follows. Mix the seeds with moist sand in a plastic bag. Keep the bag warm and moist (approx. +20°C) for the first 2-4 weeks and then place it in the refrigerator and keep it at a temperature of +5°C for 5-6 weeks. Then remove the plastic bag from the refrigerator and remove the seed and sand mix from the bag. Keep the sand mix at room temperature and check the seeds regularly to see when they germinate. Prick the seedlings into pots and plant them out after the last frosts in mid-May.
Other names
Botanical name:
ledum palustrerhododendron palustrerhododendron tomentosum
German names:
altseimbaganzbagenbagulnikbienenheideborsebrauerkrautflohkrebsgichttannegroßes flohkrautgruitkrautgruizgrundgruutgränzehartheideheidenbienenkrautkein–porstkiefernporstkühnporstkühnrostmorosemottenkrautmutterkrautporsporschporstporstkrautpostpostkrautpurstrauschrosmarinkrautrosskrautsautanneschweinepossesumpfporsttannenporstwaldrosmarinwanzenkrautweiße heidewilder rosmarinzeitheidezeitheil
English names:
marsh labrador teanorthern labrador teawild rosemary
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
500 Pcs.


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