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Andromeda polifolia L.
Bog rosemary, Bog-rosemary
USDA Symbol: ANPO
A low, evergreen shrub growing from 8 in to 3 ft. in height. The shrub does not have many branches, but many shrubs will grow together to form a clump. The small, firm, narrow leaves are blue-green. Leaf margins roll under. Several small, bell-shaped, pink or white flowers occur together in a curved umbel at the tip of a branch.
Bog Rosemary is one of several heath shrubs often found in boggy areas in association with Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata), Sheep Laurel (Kalmia angustifolia), Bog Laurel (K. polifolia), and Labrador Tea (Ledum spp.).
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
, WV Canada: BC
, QC Native Distribution:
Circumpolar in N. America, s. to Alt. & B.C.; reported from WA
& Bonner Co., ID Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Organic peats, sands and mucks.
Conditions Comments: Demands strongly acid soil. No serious disease or insect problems. Creeping rootstocks form large patches.
BenefitWarning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only in large quantities. Symptoms include watering of mouth, eyes, and nose, loss of energy, slow pulse, vomiting, low blood pressure, lack of coordination, convulsions, and progressive paralysis. Toxic Principle: Andromedotoxin. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagation is by seeds or cuttings, though layering is easiest.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2013-08-05
Research By: TWC Staff