- botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
- perennial zones 7-9
- height 24-48″
- spacing 10-20″ apart
- full sun tolerant, partial shade
- dry-average, well-drained soil
- flower color blue
- uses in garden: great in containers, cut foliage, drought tolerant, evergreen, fragrant,
- use in chicken, pork, lamb, rice, tomato dishes, herb butters, potpourri and sachets
- attracts honey bees
- deer resistant, repels carrot flies outdoors and moths indoors
Rosemary has been known since the misty origins of European culture, not only for its cosmetic, medicinal and symbolic value, but as the dominant spice in a huge variety of foods. Rosemary bread, rosemary potatoes, rosemary chicken….the list goes on and on. Its pungent flavor is particularly delicious combined with most meats, and with vinegars and garlic. Find great Rosemary recipes here!
The Rosemary plant is easy to grow, and does not require extra watering. In a sunny location it will thrive, and produce large amounts of beautiful pure blue flowers. It responds well to trimming and can be shaped like an evergreen bush. In warmer climates, in fact, Rosemary is an evergreen and grows to be a very large bush or can be trimmed like a small tree. The Rosemary plant originates in the Mediterranean region and means ‘dew of the sea’ in Latin.
Compare the Rosemary varieties. View a summary of all the Rosemary varieties together.
Common Rosemary plants are also available. Purchase them here.
Preferred method – propagate new plants by cuttings so they stay true to type. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer for next year’s growth.
Our Rosemary seeds are ‘primed’ (coated) for faster and more uniform germination. Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost in loose growing mix. Do not cover. Keep moist. Seed will germinate in 14-21 days. Transplant 10-20 inches apart in a sunny location.