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Ceratiola ericoides (Sand-heath)
Cressler, Alan

Ceratiola ericoides

Ceratiola ericoides Michx.

Sand-heath, Sandhill-rosemary, Florida-rosemary

Empetraceae (Crowberry Family)


USDA Symbol: CEER3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Whorled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: To 6-8 feet in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Bronze flowers, sporadic throughout the rest of the year with rain.


USA: AL , FL , GA , MS , SC
Canada: NS
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 Conditions

Drought Tolerance: High


Fragrant Foliage: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 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 resources

USDA: Find Ceratiola ericoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ceratiola ericoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ceratiola ericoides


Record Modified: 2023-03-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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