Garden Closed

Due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol Campus to the public, the U.S. Botanic Garden continues to have altered operations.  Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens and the Terrace Gardens are open while the Conservatory and gated outdoor gardens are temporarily closed. Please monitor www.USBG.gov for updates on operating status. Many resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, and online programs. Connect with resources from home at www.USBG.gov/AtHome.

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.