Andromeda polifolia L. var. glaucophylla (Link) DC. - Bog Rosemary


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Andromeda polifolia - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Ericaceae


Synonymous with A. glaucophylla Link


Acid bogs.


Frequently found with Chamaedaphne calyculata


Circumboreal; Newfoundland and Labrador west to Saskatchewan, south to NK, WV, northern IN and MN.


Small shrub to 50 cm. Leaves alternate, evergreen, glaucous, narrow elliptic, entire, to 5 cm, margin revolute. Flowers in terminal umbelliform corymbs, white to pink, on recurved pedicels.


Flowers May to Early June

Wetland Indicator: Obligate

Swink and Wilhelm list this species as having an upland wetland indicator status but I suspect this was a typo, as it is only found in bogs and often next to open water.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




Michael Hough 2004