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Florida Rosemary – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month

Florida Rosemary

Ceratiola ericoides
Florida Rosemary

Credit: Mack Thetford, UF/IFAS

Florida Rosemary is native to the southeast and has a very strong aroma. Plants can reach heights of 2.5 meters and have thick vegetation. Flowers appear from March to June and are a tan to reddish-brown color. Seed germination is stimulated by fire once production begins around 10-15 years of age, therefore new plants are not always prevalent.

Florida Rosemary exhibits a cool ability to prevent other species from growing beneath it. This is called allelopathy and Ceratiola ericoides is thought to accomplish is through the use of ceratiolin which can inhibit the germination and growth of some scrub species.

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