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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'

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This hardy, fast-growing evergreen shrub has an upright, rounded form and attractive flowers. Shiny green, needlelike leaves are aromatic. It bears small blue flowers in early spring and is loved for its strong, pinelike flavor and fragrance.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsExcellent foliage plant. Makes a great hedging plant or accent at the edge of borders or in containers.

CareAt the edge of its range, grow against a south wall for additional warmth and extra winter protection. Grow in poor to moderately fertile soil with plenty of drainage.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Propagate new plants by cuttings so they stay true to type.

ProblemsProne to aerial blight, bacterial leaf spots, and several root rots.

  • Genus : Rosmarinus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Herbs
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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