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It is a small shrub growing to 10-20 cm (rarely to 40 cm) tall with slender stems. The leaves are evergreen, alternately arranged, lanceolate, 1-5 cm long and 2-8 mm broad, dark green above (purplish in winter) and white beneath with the leaf margins curled under. The flowers are bell-shaped, white to pink, 5-8 mm long; flowering is in late spring to early summer. The fruit is a small capsule containing numerous seeds.
Andromeda polifolia, commonly known as Bog-rosemary, is a heath found across northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Bog rosemary is only found in bogs in cold peat-accumulating areas.
Norwegian name: Kvitlyng
Spotted on May 24, 2009
Submitted on May 30, 2011
Thank you :) I like it too. Yes, it looks like rosemary, but I don't know what it tastes like - never tried.
My guess is that it tastes more like pine...? Next time i see it, I will try:)
Very beautiful, I love those flowers :) And the leaves very much look like the rosemary I have in the kitchen for cooking, I wonder if this plant has the same flavour? Great picture!