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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem' (Rosemary)

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Salem’ Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem' ross-mah-RYE-nus oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis Common Name: Rosemary Genus: Rosmarinus
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 characteristics: Excellent foliage plant. Makes a great hedging plant or accent at the edge of borders or in containers.
Care: At 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.
Propagation: Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Propagate new plants by cuttings so they stay true to type.
Problems: Prone to aerial blight, bacterial leaf spots, and several root rots.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Blue Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Hedge
Style Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Herbs

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