Chamaedaphne calyculata
leatherleaf , cassandra

Chamaedaphne calyculata
Chamaedaphne calyculata
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Chamaedaphne calyculata
Common name: leatherleaf , cassandra
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1 - 4'
Foliage: leathery, alternate, entire or irreularly toothed; evergreen but often turning reddish brown in winter; silvery gray on underside
Flower: white, bell shaped, one-sided racemes
Flowering time: blooms early April to May; fruits early September to October
Habitat: bogs
Range in New Jersey: statewide, decreasing in Delaware watershed
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Chamaedaphne calyculata
Misc. Larval food for butterflies.