Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) is in full bloom now, an early Spring flower in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Also known as Cassandra, you can find this low growing shrub growing along ponds, bogs, and slow moving streams.
Leatherleaf grows in large colonies and produces rows of small. white, bell-shaped flowers. Out hiking this weekend, I found these flowers in three different locations.
The Pine Barrens are off to a beautiful start this year and, with the help of Howard Boyd’s Flowers of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, I hope to find (and photograph) several other flowers this Spring.