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Andromeda Genus

Bog rosemary

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Semi-evergreens, Shrubs

Other common names

Marsh rosemary

Origin

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'.

Cultivation

These plants need full light and humus-rich, moist, acid soil.

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or by seed in spring.

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