Andromeda polifolia
Common name: 
Bog Rosemary
Pronunciation: 
an-DROM-e-da pol-i-FO-li-a
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • 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-shaped, 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, like those of the subshrub Teucrium polium, Felty germander
  •  Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden, Conifer Garden
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