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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A frequent perennial wildflower of brackish marshes, mangrove swamps salt flats and coastal strands in most of the coastal counties of Florida. The range extends along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts from Mexico to Canada, plus Bermuda.
Slender stems with alternate, scale-like leaves grow to 61 cm (2 ft.) tall, including the branching inflorescences. Carolina sealavender has basal leaves that vary in shape. The flowers are less than 1cm (3/8 in.) long, having a five lobed and tubular-funnelform lavender corolla with a five-lobed white calyx. Fruit is a capsule.
Another plant that is called sea lavender is Heliotropium gnaphalodes, also known as sea rosemary which is found on beach dunes and coastal thickets along parts of the east Florida coast.