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Andromeda polifolia 'Macrophylla' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

large-leaved bog rosemary

Family

Ericaceae


Andromeda are small evergreen shrubs of low, spreading growth, with narrow, leathery leaves and umbels of small white or pink urn-shaped flowers in spring and early summer

'Macrophylla' is a compact evergreen shrub to 20cm tall, with broadly oval, dark green leaves and terminal clusters of globose pink and white flowers in spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Needs acidic conditions, suitable for shaded rock garden or damp shady border

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Poorly-drained
  • Acid
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings, suckers or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free