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 CharacteristicsAromatic foliage and flowers. Useful as a culinary herb.
CareGrow in full sun and well-drained soil of poor to moderate fertility.
PropagationTake semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or sow seed in a cold frame in spring.
ProblemsAerial blight, bacterial leaf spots, root rots.