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