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Andromeda genus (Bog rosemary). This is a genus of one species; a monospecific genus. Andromeda polifolia is an evergreen shrub with an open, twiggy habit, with oblong, leathery grey leaves resembling that of rosemary, to which it bears no relation. The bell-shaped flowers are small, pink-white and in terminal sprays.
Woody perennials, Semi-evergreens, Shrubs
The genus is named after the myth of the beautiful Andromeda, (daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, King and Queen of Aethiopia) who was rescued by Perseus from Cetus; a sea monster sent by Poseidon.
The species name 'polifolia' means 'grey-leaved'.
These plants need full light and humus-rich, moist, acid soil.
Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or by seed in spring.
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