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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.




BOG ROSEMARY
Ericacea
(Andromeda glaucophylla)
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Also see: A. polifolia

Plant is narcotic-acrid and poisonous. Contains Acetylandromedol which causes paralysis and eventually death.

Hardy low evergreen shrub native to northeastern North America found growing in the shallow water of acid bogs. Blue-green narrow, linear leaves with woolly undersides, alternate, simple, leathery; bell-like flowers pink to white in nodding terminal umbrels, 5 sepals, urceolate corolla, 10 stamens, awned anthers; fruit a turban-shaped capsule with a long tip which sticks up straight.

PROPAGATION: By seed, by mature wood cuttings under glass, by layering.
NEEDS: Grown as an ornmental in rock gardens and borders. Hardy to Zone 2.

The Flambeau Ojibwe used the young tender leaves and tips to boil and make a beverage tea.




BOG ROSEMARY
Ericacea
(Andromeda polifolia)
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Plant is narcotic-acrid and poisonous. Contains Acetylandromedol which causes paralysis and eventually death.

Low growing shrub from a creeping rhizome native to Europe, northern Asia, and the northern parts of North America which closely resembles A. glaucophylla. Leaves linear to oblong, glabrous and glaucous beneath; flowers appear in umbrels; turban-shaped capsules appear on pedicles 3 to 4 times as long as the fruit.

CULTIVATED VARIETIES of ANDROMEDA POLIFOLIA:
MONTANA: A.p. 'Montana' is more compact wtih darker leaves.
ANGUSTIFOLIA
COMPACTA
GRANDIFLORA COMPACTA
MAJOR
MINIMA
NANA





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