Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Conradina verticillata 'Rocky Top'
Rocky Top Cumberland Rosemary
Item #: 758
Zones: 6a to 8b, at least
Height: 6" tall
Origin: United States
This federally threatened central Tennessee/Kentucky native can be found naturally growing in sandy streamside soils that are seasonally inundated. Conradina verticillata 'Rocky Top' has so much garden value, we feel it should be in every garden where conditions allow. Forming a 6" tall x 4' wide specimen in three years, Conradina verticillata resembles a rosemary that's been run over by a steamroller. The prostrate woody stems are adorned with rosemary-like, fragrant leaves. Starting for us in early May, the stems are smothered with a mass of mauvy violet flowers. Good drainage is a key to success, so we have our plants perched atop a rock wall, where they can cascade. Our offering is an exceptional clone, propagated by cuttings.