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Andromeda polifolia Blue Ice

Bog rosemary

Perfect for a rockery

A choice, attractive low-growing evergreen shrub forming a mound of small, narrow leathery leaves, striking blue-green in colour, ice blue in early spring when the plant flowers. The delicate clusters of pale pink bell flowers have an icing sugar quality and are displayed beautifully against the evergreen leaves. A good choice to grow with evergreen azaleas, dwarf rhododendrons and heathers. Hardy and easy in the right environment.


Plant in sun or semi-shade in beds and borders, or in a pot or container. Good under the light shade of birch trees.


Needs moist, acid soil. If growing in a pot use an ericaceous compost. No pruning required except to influence shape. 

Andromeda was named by Carl Linnaeus on his 1732 expedition to Lapland

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Rock garden

Typically available

From April to September