bog rosemary Ericaceae Andromeda
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, narrowly lanceolate with distinctly rolled edges, 1 to 2 inches long, leathery, entire, dull dark green to blue-green above, nearly white below, point distinctly upwards.
Flower: Small (1/4 inch) white to pink urn-shaped flowers in small bunches hanging from short stems near the ends of twigs, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Small (1/4 inch) round capsule, initially pale green to pink, later dry and brown.
Twig: Slender, pale green turning brown; buds small, ovate, nearly white.
Bark: Reddish brown, may become finely shreddy.
Form: Small, spreading shrub (up to 24 inches tall), few branches, stems typically leaning.
Looks like: Labrador tea
- bog laurel
| Additional Range Information:
Andromeda polifolia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bog rosemary.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson