Ceratiola ericoides Michx.
Sand-heath, Sandhill-rosemary, Florida-rosemary
Empetraceae (Crowberry Family)
USDA Symbol: CEER3
Rounded shrub with many erect branches.
Leaves: 1/2”, needle-like, thick, with curled-under edges; seem whorled.
Sand-heath provides cover and nesting habitat for various types of birds, including the Florida Scrub-Jay, which is on the U.S. Endangered Species List as a threatened species. Although often called rosemary, this plant is not the culinary herb (Rosmarinus officinalis), although it does resemble it.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Whorled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: To 6-8 feet in height.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Bronze flowers, sporadic throughout the rest of the year with rain.
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , MS , SC
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from South Carolina to Florida and as far west as Mississippi.
Native Habitat: Sandhills, scrub, dunes; pine and mixed woodlands.
Growing ConditionsDrought Tolerance: High
BenefitFragrant Foliage: yes
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BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ceratiola ericoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ceratiola ericoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ceratiola ericoides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-30
Research By: TWC Staff