Conradina brevifolia

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Short-leaved Conradina

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Long-lived in appropriate habitat conditions (Nelson 2003) including light, soil, and moisture.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Can be used as a medium-level groundcover or border plant.
Propagation:Seed and cuttings.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts many pollinators, especially bees.

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby sandhill. In open areas and along cleared roadsides.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is a rare species and it should only be acquired from reputable plant nurseries. Some botanists have declared this endemic species to be a synonym for false rosemary (C. canescens), but since the populations are widely separated, we are treating them separately.