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Ashe's savory (Calamintha ashei)

Ashe's savory

This woody mint grows along road shoulders and in clearcuts in Ocala National Forest (especially along SR-40 between Lynn and Juniper Springs), and in scrubs farther south on the Lake Wales Ridge. It has even been reported from a scrub-like site in Georgia! Ashe's savory is an aromatic bushy-branched shrub up to 2' tall. The leaves are about a half inch long and needle-like. The beautiful pink-purple flowers appear all summer. Unlike many scrub plants which resprout from their roots following fire, savory is killed by fire, but seeds stored in the soil germinate within days. Ashe's savory is listed as a Threatened Species by Florida and is currently under review for federal listing by the United States Department of the Interior (USDI).

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