Andromeda polifolia Ericaceae
Bog Rosemary an-DROM-e-da pol-i-FO-li-a
- Evergreen shrub, creeping rootstock and upright, usually limited branching, stems, to 1-2 ft tall × 2-3 ft wide (0.3-0.6 m × 0.6-0.9 m), slow growing. Leaves alternate, simple, linear-oblong, 1.5-3.5 cm long, entire margin curved under (revolute), sharp tip, blue-green to dark green above. Flowers white, tinged with pink, globose to urn-sphaped, about 6 mm, nodding, 2-8 per terminal cluster. Fruit small brown capsule, subglobose to obovoid, no ornamental value.
- Sun to light shade. Exacting as to culture. Peaty or sandy soil that is constantly moist and cool.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 Native to northern and central Europe, northern Asia, and North America, where its range extends from Newfoundland and Labrador to Manitoba, south to New Jersey, Indiana, and Minnesota.
- polifolia: gray-leaved.
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden, Conifer Garden