False Rosemary, Conradina canescens
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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Dune Restoration Plants
Lamiaceae (taxonomic family)

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Miller, Debbie, Mack Thetford, Chris Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith. 2018. “False Rosemary, Conradina Canescens: SGEB-75-6/SG167, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-sg167-2018.


False rosemary is found on the backsides of foredunes, on all sides of backdunes, and inland in scrub communities. False rosemary is killed by fires but will reseed to an area in the absence of further disturbance. It is endemic to west Florida and Alabama, contributes to beach mouse habitat, and attracts many pollinators.

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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