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Bog Rosemary

Scientific name

Andromeda polifolia


The Bog Rosemary is a low growing (30-60 cm), spreading, coniferous shrub that grows between 30-60 cm tall and 1 m wide. Height variations depend on the temperature of the area with low growth occurring in colder climates. Bog Rosemary is found across Canada in all provinces and territories. The mature leaves of Bog Rosemary are glossy, deep green to blue-green with a pale, downy underside. Mature leaves have a leathery texture, are narrow and oblong-shaped with a pointed tip. New leaves are a silver-gray colour. During May, the plant yields tiny, urn-shaped, pinkish white flowers on the terminal end of its branches. Over the summer, the flowers turn into a dry, blueish seed capsule. Between May to early summer this species exhibits increased growth, this growth occurs through new shoots arising from the base of the plant. The roots of the Bog Rosemary make it an ideal plant to break up compact soils.

Planting conditions

Bog Rosemary species can be found naturally in moist to wet areas including wetlands, bogs, fens, and tundra. Bog Rosemary can tolerate flooding, high winds and ice.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 1a
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 30-60 cm
  • Spread:
    • 1 m