Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: April 19, 2007

False Rosemary
Conradina canescens

Species Native Range: Southeastern US
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6-9
Mature Size: 18-24 inches tall and wide
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Amended soil that is sharply drained
Ease of Culture: Easy/Moderate


Be sure to check out the Georgia Native Plant Society's huge annual plant sale this Saturday, April 21, 9 AM in Piedmont Park.

I cannot tell you how many Rosemary (Rosmarinus spp.) plants I've killed over the years. Usually they die from too much winter moisture and cold. How happy I was to come upon Conradina in a plant sale.

Conradina is a low-growing evergreen shrub with short needle-like leaves that are strongly aromatic. The plant looks and smells just like a dwarf Rosemary. In spring and summer, it blooms with small blue flowers along the stems. Considered an herb, it can be used just like Rosemary for cooking.

Grow Conradina in full sun in sharply drained soil (as you would with most herbs). It mixes well with other herbs such as Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, etc. It can also be used in a full sun perennial garden to mix with Milkweed, Purple Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan, etc. Conradina is very resistant to deer and rabbits.

Sources:

Although I have seen this plant in the nursery or catalog listed below, I cannot guarantee that it will be available at the time of this newsletter.

Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Garden: Decatur
Georgia Native Plant Society Plant Sale: April 21st, Piedmont Park
Nearly Native Nursery: Fayetteville
Niche Gardens: mail order
Randy's Perennials: Lawrenceville
Sunlight Gardens: mail order



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