Sandlace (Polygonella myriophylla )
This sprawling evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves looks a lot like the common landscaping groundcover, creeping juniper. Sandlace occurs naturally only in scrubs on the Lake Wales Ridge in Orange, Polk and Highlands Counties. Once believed to have potential as a no-maintenance groundcover for xeric landscaping, sandlace has proven difficult to propagate commercially and apparently is no longer offered by native nurseries.
Sandlace is the single best indicator of ancient Lake Wales Ridge scrub. Look for it in vacant lots and road shoulders within 10 miles of US-27 in Polk and Highlands Counties. If you see this plant you know you are in true Lake Wales Ridge scrub, and you can expect to see several other Endangered and Threatened species in the vicinity. Sandlace is protected as an Endangered Species, and it is unlawful to collect it unless you have the land owner's permission.