Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem')
ross-mah-RYE-nus oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis
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.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Deer Resistant,
Fragrant Flowers,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Blue
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Herbs

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