- botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
- perennial zones 6-11
- height 24-60″
- spacing 24-36″ 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, salt tolerant
- use in chicken, pork, lamb, rice, tomato dishes, herb butters, potpourri and sachets
- attracts honey bees
- deer and rabbit resistant, repels carrot flies outdoors and moths indoors
‘Arp’ is regarded as the hardiest Rosemary cultivar, supposedly to -10 degrees F. Originally found in Arp, Texas. It has thick, resinous, gray-green leaves, a faint lemony scent and an open growth habit. This evergreen shrub is dense, bushy, upright and aromatic. Arp leaves are dark green and leathery, up to 2 inches in length and they sport small, edible blue flowers in whorls, up to 1/2 in long. Rosemary is an excellent choice for making topiaries, and widely used in cooking, especially Italian cuisine. Find great Rosemary recipes here!
Rosemary 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. Pot and bring indoors for winter in zones below zone 7. A wonderful companion plant with roses.
Propagate new plants by cuttings so they stay true to type. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer for next year’s growth.