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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'

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.

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