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Florida rosemary, Sand heath
Ceratiola ericoides
Empetraceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common element of scrub nearly throughout South Florida.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium shrub with erect branches forming a large densely-branched mound. Leaves needle-like, 1/2 inch long, dark green and aromatic, with an aroma of a conifer.

Dimensions: Typically 4-8 feet in height. As broad as tall or sometimes broader.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Extirpated in Miami-Dade County.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Scrub.

Soils: Dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Brownish-red to yellowish.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Small round greenish-yellow or red berry, containing a single seed.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides some food and cover for wildlife.


Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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