Rosemary, Spice Island

Spice Island Rosemary

  • botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
  • perennial zones 7-9
  • height 24-30″
  • spacing 18-24″ 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

*Please note: our 2014 shipping season for organic plants is over. We accept plant orders at any time of the year, however, and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May.”

Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2015. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.

For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”


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Spice Island is a pungent flavored Rosemary, wonderful for cooking and a beautiful specimen plant. Its distinct upright habit, bluish flowers, and wonderfully fragrant foliage make this an ideal plant for topiaries. ‘Spice Island’ is perfect for pots. Bring indoors for winter to enjoy the fresh herb year-round. Use with meats, potatoes, and herbed breads. This is a frequently used culinary Rosemary. Its scent is complex, with a hint of cloves and nutmeg. Spice Island Rosemary is commonly dried and ground to sell as dried rosemary in stores. It works well fresh as well. Find great Rosemary recipes here!

Rosemary likes well drained, average to dry soil. It prefers a sheltered position such as on the south or southwest side of a wall or foundation. It tolerates part shade, but the flavor of the plant may be weakened if it doesn’t get enough sun. Prune the plants after flowering. In the summer, fertilize potted plants after the flowers have appeared.

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Sowing Instructions:
Preferred method – propagate new plants by cuttings so they stay true to type. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer for next year’s growth.