Freely branching shrubs that root from trailing branches to make a small-scale ground cover. To 1112 ft. high, spreading to 3 ft. or more. Needlelike leaves like those of rosemary (Rosmarinus) have a minty scent. Small flowers in spring or early summer. Thrive in lean, sandy soils.
C. canescens. MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9. SCRUB ROSEMARY, SANDHILL ROSEMARY. Native to sandy coastal plain pinelands of the southeast. Gray-green foliage; pale lavender flowers. Important provider of habitat for endangered beach mouse. Tolerates drought, salt spray. Not browsed by deer. 'Gray Ghost' has gray leaves.
C. verticillata. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. CUMBERLAND ROSEMARY. Native to sandy riverbanks of eastern Tennessee and Kentucky. Dark green foliage; lavender-pink blossoms. 'Snowflake' has pure white flowers.