Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis

Common Name: Rosemary
Genus: Rosmarinus
Species: officinalis

The Latin translation of the word Rosmarinus refers to how these shrubs are often found growing in coastal locations.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Form: Shrub
Growth Rate: Average
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Flowering Period: May & June

Soil: Poor to slightly nutritious.
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

This evergreen shrub has fragrant leaves that are often used in cooking. The plant has upright shoots, the leaves are small, dark green and needle like. Small, hooded pale blue flowers are produced in spring and sometimes, again in autumn. Rosemary can also be used as a hedging plant.

Upright spikes of purple-blue flowers from mid-spring to early summer and aromatic dark green leaves. Rosemary is perfect for a sunny herb garden shrub or mixed border. While winter frosts may kill off some of the shoots the plant should regenerate from the base. The young leaves are great for flavouring roasted vegetables lamb and pork.

  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Flower colour: purple-blue
  • Other features: leaves may be used to flavour lamb pork and roasted vegetables
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
  • Garden care: To ensure a plentiful supply of young succulent leaves for culinary use gather the leaves regularly and prune each spring.


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