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Andromeda glaucophylla - Link.

Common Name Bog Rosemary
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
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, peats, margins of pools etc[43].
Range North-eastern N. America - New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and British Columbia.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade
Andromeda glaucophylla Bog Rosemary


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Andromeda glaucophylla is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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

A. polifolia glaucophylla.

Habitats

Bog Garden;  Dappled Shade;  Woodland Garden.

Bogs, peats, margins of pools etc[43].

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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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

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]. This plant is considered to be no more than a sub-species of A. polifolia, but with a more southerly range[235], by some botanists[1].

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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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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