Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifolia)- Bog Rosemary Varieties and Facts

Bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia) is a shrub used as a ground-cover. Get facts and information on growing and caring for bog rosemary in your landscape.

"Bog Rosemary"

Bog Rosemary- a tiny-mounded shrub

Bog rosemary is a tiny mounding shrub that grows 16”h x 24”w. It is a native ground-cover belonging to the Heath Family (Ericaceae). Andromeda polifolia varieties have narrow, pointed, evergreen leaves about 1”long that dangle in clusters of 2 to 5 bell-like white or light pink blooms in spring. The bluish green leaves resemble those of rosemary, and thus gets its common name.

Landscape Uses

Bog rosemary plants are perfect for acidic bog gardens, moist woodland gardens, and for edging in damp beds and borders.

Good companion plants include: Bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia), cranberry (Vaccinium species), tamarack (Larix laricina), purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea), and sphagnum moss (Sphagnum  species).

"Andromeda Polifolia"

Leaves resemble rosemary

Hardiness Zones: 2-6

Light: Full sun to part shade.

Soil: Cool, consistently moist, peaty, sandy, aci soil with pH of 4.5-5.

Growing: Intolerant of heat, humidity, and drought.

Best Bog Rosemary Varieties

Andromeda polifolia ‘Blue Ice' has blue leaves and pink-tinged white flowers from May to July. Grows 12” h x 24” w.

Andromeda polifolia ‘Compacta’ has pink flowers and dull green leaves on a mounded twiggy shrub. 8” h x 12” w.

A. polifolia ‘Alba’ has white flowers with dark gray-green leaves on a low-lying shrub with a spreading habit. 6-8” h x 12-18” w.

A. polifolia ‘Macrophylla’ has rounded pink flowers that age to a white color. It has broad, dark green leaves. 12” h.x 24" w.

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