Bog-rosemary Andromeda polifolia

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A beautiful relative of heather.

The delicate pink bells and rosemary-like foliage of this wildflower never fail to enchant those lucky enough to find it during its brief flowering in late spring.

A declining species, it is a particular feature of the much-reduced bogs and flowers of Galloway.

Distribution

Confined to central Britain, from mid-Wales (especially Cardiganshire) to southern Scotland. One of the special plants of the central Irish peat-bogs, and an eloquent plea for their preservation. It is rarer in the north, but occurs in Tyrone.

Habitat

Bogs.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to June

County flower of Cardiganshire/Ceredigion, County Tyrone and Kirkcudbright.