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Andromeda polifolia 'Compacta'
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bog rosemary 'Compacta'

Small evergreen shrub to 20cm in height, with oval, dark green leaves, and terminal clusters of clear pink, globose flowers

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Needs moist, acid soil in sun, part or full shade, suitable for shaded rock garden or damp shady border

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings, suckers or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 10 after flowering

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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