The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Conradina grandiflora is fully sponsored.
Dorothy M. Brazis contributed to this Plant Profile.
This pungently, essentially evergreen, aromatic shrub is in the mint family. There are 5 species in this genus that are found in the southeastern United States, and all but 1 are considered rare or endemic. This particular species, Conradina grandiflora, is particularly memorable because, as its name indicates, C. grandiflora has the largest flowers in its genus. These flowers appear year-round, and are a vibrant blue with blue spots, and two-lipped. Its leaves are needle-like, opposite, dark-green with small black dots, and white underneath because of a dense covering of fine hair. Fruit are rounded, smooth, blackish nutlets.
Distribution & Occurrence
This species is always found on deep, fine sandy soils, often on or in the vicinity of ancient dunes of shores. (Kral 1983b)
Associates are typically Pinus clausa, Lyonia, Ilex, various evergreen scrub oaks, Ceratiola, Polygonella and Opuntia. (Kral 1983b)
|There are 64 element occurrences with 14 found within managed areas (NatureServe 2000). C. grandiflora is not uncommon where scrub persists (NatureServe 2000).|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
USFWS. 1995. Notice of Reclassification of 32 Candidate Species. Federal Register. 60, 126: 34225-34227.