Apr. 12, 2017

largeflower false rosemary, Conradina grandiflora

This false rosemary is only known from the central highlands of the Florida peninsula. Highlands in Florida? Not really, but these less low areas drain well enough to produce the drier sandy ground this plant needs. It can also change its own environment. It produces chemicals, called allelopaths, that inhibit the growth of grasses near it. It's suggested this helps protect false rosemary from wildfires. This is a threatened species in Florida. People and oranges also like the higher drier ground. Polk Co FL, 3/17/16