Florida Rosemary, Ceratiola ericoides
side image of gopher tortoise opening its mouth. Figure 4 from  Wildlife of Florida Factsheet: Gopher Tortoise: WEC396/UW441, 8/2018
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Empetraceae (Crowberry family)
Dune Restoration Plants

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Miller, Debbie, Mack Thetford, Chris Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith. 2018. “Florida Rosemary, Ceratiola Ericoides: SGEB-75-3/SG164, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-sg164-2018.


Florida rosemary is important in maintaining back dune structures and is found inland in scrub communities. This plant is found throughout scrub plant communities in Florida, and more broadly is found west to Mississippi and east to South Carolina in xeric soils and in communities with fire return intervals of 20 to 40 years. Plants are killed by fire and storm surge events, but seeds germinate readily post-disturbance. Its fruit is an important food source for wildlife but is not produced until plants are at least 12 years old.

Note: This fact sheet is also available as a chapter in a comprehensive manual titled Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle,  Please see the manual for more information about other useful and attractive native plants for dunes and for further information about restoration and preservation techniques.

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Johnson, A.F. 1986. "Recipe for growing Florida rosemary, Main Ingredient: Patience!" Palmetto Spring 5.

Miller, D.L., M. Thetford, and M. Schneider. 2008. "Distance from the gulf influences survival and growth of three barrier island dune plants." Journal of Coastal Research 24(3):261-266. https://doi.org/10.2112/07-0914.1

Thetford, M., D.L. Miller, and P. Penniman. 2001. "Vegetative propagation and production of Ceratiola ericoides Michx. for use in restoration." Native Plants Journal 2(1):116-125. https://doi.org/10.3368/npj.2.2.116

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