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Rosemary Scrub Natural Area
rosemary scrub
rosemary scrub landscape
rosemary scrub
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2901 Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach

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At 14 acres, Rosemary Scrub Natural Area ranks among the smallest natural areas in Palm Beach County. But has a diverse offering of birds, butterflies and flowers. The area includes two short hiking trails, which combined are less than a half mile, and make the Rosemary Scrub a quick walk. The main trail, called the Red Bay, is accessible.

An accident of history made the land available to be set aside as a natural area. At one time, the land occupied a corner of a major intersection, Seacrest Boulevard and Miner Road, and developers planned to build a shopping center on the site. However, the construction of I-95 in the mid-1980s cut Miner Road in two and turned it into a minor artery, effectively killing traffic flow. In the 1990s, developers targeted the land for home construction, but a decline in the surrounding neighborhood made the project economically unattractive.

Species we've found include milk pea, red morning glory, love vine, pokeberry, Florida rosemary, largeflower rosemary, Feay's palafox, corkystem passion vine, greenbriar, spanish moss, air plants, saw palmetto, brown thrasher, cardinal, red-bellied woodpecker, blue jay, strangler fig, cabbage palms, scrub oaks, banana spider, and more. Amenities include parking and an informational kiosk. Also nearby: Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area and the High Ridge Scrub Natural Area.


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Institute for Regional Conservation Plants List     Palm Beach County Management Plan and Species Lists
 
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