Andromeda polifoliaUnrelated to true rosemary, this low growing evergreen shrub is native to cool regions of North America where it is found in wet sites such as bogs and swamps. The plant spreads by creeping rhizomes The stems are wiry and bear leathery blue-gray leaves that are glaucus beneath and resemble those of true rosemary. One to five pink or white bell-shaped flowers are borne in nodding terminal umbels in early summer. Each flower is 1.4 – 1/3” long and has five lobes. The fruits are a many seeded round capsule. The genus name, Andromeda, comes from Princess Andromeda of Greek mythology who was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster until the hero Perseus rescued her on his horse Pegasus. The specific name, polifolia, refers to the grayness of the leaves.

Type: Evergreen shrub

Outstanding Feature: Flowers

Form: Spreading

Growth Rate: Moderate

Bloom: Terminal umbels of 1-5 pink to white, bell shaped flowers in summer

Size: 16” H x 24” W sun to part sun

Soil: Wet, highly acidic

Hardiness: Zones 2-6

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seed in spring; softwood cuttings in early to mid-summer; pot suckers.

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By Karen