Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia
bog rosemary

Distribution: Circumpolar; Alaska and British Columbia east to Labrador; reported in the Gulf Islands, Washington and Idaho.

Habitat: Acid bogs.

Flowers: June - July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)


Small, glabrous, evergreen, spreading shrubs 1-8 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, narrowly elliptic to linear, 1.5-4 cm. long and 2-6 mm. broad, tipped with a sharp point, the leaf margins entire and revolute, the lower surface of the leaf white-glaucous.


Flowers in small, terminal umbels; pedicels 5-12 mm. long, recurved; calyx deeply cleft, widely flared, the lobes about 1 mm. long; corolla united, broadly urn-shaped, 5-8 mm. long, pinkish; stamens 10, included, the filaments flattened, hairy; anthers 2-awned, opening by terminal pores; ovary superior.


Capsule sub-globose, glabrous, 5-celled, 4-6 mm. thick.

Accepted Name:
Andromeda polifolia L. var. polifolia
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 393. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Andromeda polifolia L. var. concolor B. Boivin
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia information.

E-Flora BC: Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Andromeda polifolia var. polifolia information.

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