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Bog Rosemary

Andromeda polifolia

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Colour

Habitat

How to spot it

Bog Rosemary is a beautiful relative of heather, with delicate pink bell-shaped flowers. The rosemary-like foliage of this wildflower never fails to enchant those lucky enough to find it during its brief flowering in late spring. The upper sides of the leaves are a similar grey-green and the undersides are silver.

Where to spot it

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bog Rosemary is often found in bogs. It is confined to central Britain, from mid-Wales (especially Cardiganshire) to southern Scotland. One of the special plants of the central Irish peat-bogs, it is rarer in the north, but occurs in Tyrone.

How’s it doing?

Bog Rosemary is a declining species and is a particular feature of the much-reduced bogs and flowers of Galloway.

Things you might not know

  • It’s the county flower of Cardiganshire/Ceredigion, County Tyrone and Kirkcudbright.
  • The genus of Bog Rosemary was named by Carl Linnaeus who compared the plant to Andromeda from Greek mythology when he observed it during his 1732 expedition to Lapland. The specific epithet polifolia means “grey-leaved”.

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