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Andromeda polifolia 'Blue Ice'

 
Andromeda polifolia 'Blue Ice'

Common name bog rosemary; marsh holywort
Family ericaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z2-6)
Flowers pink
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist, acidic soil

This evergreen shrub prefers cool temperatures and consistently moist soil. We bought two verdant specimens at our local Home Depot this spring, and without consulting reference resources, planted them in our sun-baked front perennial border. Even though we had plenty of rain, their leaves proceeded to turn rusty-brown, and decidedly dead. Luckily, the plants themselves survived, and put out new leaves. I replanted one of them in a pot set in our big pond's filtration bog, where its growth medium, a mixture of milled sphagnum moss and chick grit, remains wet all the time. The other one remains in its original position; it's too early to tell how they'll fare...

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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