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Florida Rosemary Ceratiola ericoides

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ser-ah-tee-OH-lah er-ik-OY-dees
Description

Sandhill Rosemary is an evergreen shrub in the heath family that is native to SE coastal states from SC to FL and west to MI in extremely dry sandhills and sand ridges along Coastal Plain rivers. It is a dense rounded shrub growing to 6 feet tall with short narrow needle-like leaves with the aroma of rosemary.

This plant is used in naturalized areas of sand dunes and habitat restoration.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ceratiola
    Species:
    ericoides
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Eastern U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL , FL , GA , MS , SC
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Tiny round fleshy yellow-green fruit with 2 seeds on female plants in winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    Separate male and female flowers that are small, papery, yellow to brown, clustered in the leaf axil.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    5/8 inch needle-like leaves in pairs set at right angles to each other and appear to be in whorls of 4 or 6 needles when viewed from the end of the twig. The foliage has fragrance of rosemary
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Gray shredding bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Older branches with gray, shredding bark and rough leaf scars. Young twigs with dense hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area