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Andromeda polifolia - L.
                 
Common Name Marsh Andromeda, Bog rosemary
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 2-6
Known Hazards A toxin, called 'andromedotoxin' can be released from the plant if it is infused in boiling water[183]. See notes below regarding use of the plant for tea.
Habitats Bogs, rarely on wet heaths, at altitudes up to 500 metres[17]. Rare and decreasing in the south of Britain[17].
Range Northern temperate regions, in Europe, including Britain, Asia and America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade

Summary
Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Mid spring. Form: Rounded.

Andromeda polifolia Marsh Andromeda, Bog rosemary


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Andromeda polifolia Marsh Andromeda, Bog rosemary
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Physical Characteristics
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Andromeda polifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The tender leaves and shoot-tips are boiled as an aromatic tea[161, 177]. A delicious drink[183]. Some caution is advised since boiling the plant or infusing it in hot water is said to release a toxic chemical[183]. It is safer to soak the leaves in a jar of water in direct sunlight to make 'sun tea'[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Pectoral.

The plant is used as a respiratory aid in the treatment of catarrh[257].
Other Uses
Tannin.

Tannin is obtained from the leaves and twigs[61].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Rock garden, Specimen. Requires a well-drained, moisture-retentive, lime-free, humus- rich soil and a shady position[133, 182, 200]. Plants spread slowly by means of suckers when they are grown in a suitable position[182]. A very ornamental plant, there are many named varieties[182]. Special Features:North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Seed - sow February/March in an acid compost in the greenhouse. Surface sow or only just cover the seed and place in a lightly shaded position[78, 133]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 12°c[133]. Prick out the young seedlings into individual pots as soon as possible, they are prone to damp-off and so should be kept well ventilated[78]. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out in early summer once they are 15cm or more tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame in a shady position. Takes 15 months[78]. Layering in August in a semi-shady position. Takes 18 months[78]. Division in early spring. The plants should be 'dropped' beforehand[78]. This entails digging up the plant 6 to 12 months earlier and replanting it somewhat more deeply. The buried branches will then root and form new plants when divided.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Andromeda glaucophyllaBog Rosemary20
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Elizabeth H.
Bonny Paetznick Sun Jul 8 2007
We have planted several andromeda polifolia under a maple tree in our back yard. One has failed and we are concerned about the remaining. We amended the soil with peat moss, and compost with some sulfur when we planted. We are watering regularly with an overhead sprinkler. Do you have any recommendations on how to support these plants. While under the tree, these plants still get about an hour of sunlight/day. Any recommendations will be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help. This is a lovely plant and we would like to include in into our yard.
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