Known variously as false rosemary, wild rosemary, minty rosemary, beach rosemary, or scrub mint, Conradina canescens is fairly common in areas where it is found. Needlelike, aromatic leaves less than one inch long clothe the plant year-round. Leaves are grayish green as indicated by the specific epithet “canescens,” which means “becoming white or grayish.” The olive green leaves have grayish undersides and resemble very soft, fine rosemary. Its presence on windblown beaches with constant drift from salt-laden air makes the common name “beach rosemary” particularly apropos. Because of its tolerance to salt, it is frequently chosen for beach restoration projects after hurricanes sweep through.

Although bloom can occur at almost any time from spring to early winter, spring is the