Closure notice

NOTICE: The Conservatory will close at 2 pm for an official government function on Tuesday, May 5. The Conservatory and the National Garden will be closed on Wednesday, May 6, for an official government function, reopening at 10 am on Thursday, May 7.

False rosemary

False rosemary (Conradina brevifolia)
Plant Botanical Name: 
Conradina brevifolia
Plant Threat Level: 
Endangered

False rosemary, federally listed as Endangered by the Endangered Species Act, is one of five shrubby mints found in central Florida scrub habitat. This short-lived, aromatic, perennial shrub occurs in fewer than 30 sites along the Lake Wales Ridge area of Highlands and Polk Counties in central Florida. Scrub habitat is dominated by evergreen scrub oaks, sand pine, and in open areas herbs and small shrubs, including short-leaved or false rosemary. These fire-dependent habitats are home numerous federally listed threatened and endangered plants and animals. Significant loss and fragmentation of scrub habitat for residential and agricultural development has pushed this species to the brink of extinction.