Genus: Rosemary

Rosmarinus

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
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Lamiaceae
Two species of evergreen shrubs from the Mediterranean region form the genus Rosmarinus. Both flowers and foliage are aromatic. The narrow leaves are used to make oils or as a cooking herb. The flowers are lipped and tubular and attract insects. Grow in an herb garden or border, or use as a hedge.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Aromatic foliage and flowers. Useful as a culinary herb.
Care:  Grow in full sun and well-drained soil of poor to moderate fertility.
Propagation: 

Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or sow seed in a cold frame in spring.

Problems: 

Aerial blight, bacterial leaf spots, root rots.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Rosmarinus

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Barbeque Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Barbeque'
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Creeping rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
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Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'