Rosemary is a plant which belongs to the Rosmarinus genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (officinalis) means 'used medicinally'.
Rosemary is an attractive, evergreen, perennial shrub with dark green pine needle-like leaves. The underside of the leaves are silvery-grey. It’s trusses of blue flowers last through spring and summer in a warm, humid environment. It will grow to a height of between 3 and 5 feet. It makes an excellent hedge plant, is drought-resistant and coast-hardy.
Scientists at the University of Cincinnati say that the scent of rosemary is an effective memory stimulant. This herb evergreen is a relative of mint that goes well with meat, fish, bean dishes, tomato dishes and many vegetables. It is well suited for containers. It can be used to make a tea, as well as a hair rinse (especially for brunettes). It has a number of medicinal uses.
Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 0.3 cm (0.12 inches imperial) and produce a spicy fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours: Lavender blue and Dark slate blue and Pigment blue. The mature flowers are of a single hose-in-hose form. Leaves appear approximately as a Cadmium green and Camouflage green
Rosemary is a flowering edible herb / flower perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.
Rosemary is known for its bush-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet). This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.
Try planting Rosemary if you'd like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
Spain is thought to be the country of origin for Rosemary.
As Rosemary is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Rosemary have been kindly provided by our members.
Choose a sheltered position and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, and allow the plant lots of sun. Water in between dry downs; do not use enclosed planters. Their roots dislike being cramped up.
Use a good household potting soil mix and organic compost (not too much if it is a moist variety — this will be too strong in a pot and may contribute to root rot). Make sure it is well drained, well watered and spray the leaves with water every so often, especially if you have the heat up in the winter.
Prune the plant every autumn to keep the plant at an ideal size.
Easy to strike from semi ripe cuttings or layering from the parent plant into the the surrounding earth
Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water very sparingly. As a rough idea of the types of climates Rosemary does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 7 and 10. Ensure your soil is sandy and has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.0 as Rosemary is a weakly acidic soil - neutral soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Rosemary is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.
See our list of companion Plants for Rosemary to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Direct seeding is not always successful. Start seeds indoors and transplant the seedlings out. Darkness will aid germination. Cover the seeds lightly with soil after sowing. Germination time 14-21 days. Sow heavily because the seeds have a poor germination rate. Some seeds can germinate up to 3 months after sowing.Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.50 feet (46.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.23 inches (0.6 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.
Does not transplant well, so should be planted in the container it was started in.
Choose a sunny spot near a path way or border edge so its scent can be enjoyed as you pass by. Rosemary is happy in gritty well drained poor ground and once establishes can withstand sun and survive with little waterEnsure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Rosemary is a hardy plant.
To preserve rosemary for winter use, you can either dry or freeze it.
Air drying rosemary: To dry rosemary without a dehydrating machine, simply hang upside-down in small bunches in a cool, dark place. check that they are ready by crumbling a little in your fingers – if ready put into small airtight jars to keep until use.
Freeze rosemary: pack ice cube trays with rosemary leaves and then cover with hot water (the hot water should blanch the rosemary quickly and keep the colour nice and green). Place in the freezer for at least 24 hours, then place in freezer bags and store to defrost when required. Alternatively, blend rosemary leaves in a food processor with oil to a smooth paste consistency, then pour into ice cube trays. After 24 hours, remove from the trays and place into freezer bags and store frozen until required.
Let the rosemary plant flower. After flowers have fallen off, there should be bell-shaped pods (seed pods) on the plant where the flowers were. Hold out one hand, palm open, under branch with pods, and use the other hand to lightly brush the branch – the loose pods should fall off. Once dry, crush the seed pods and sift the seeds from the other plant material.
These estimates for how long Rosemary takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 12 days | Min 6 days | Max 25 days (52)
Average 53 days | Min 18 days | Max 364 days (10)
Average 195 days | Min 73 days | Max 1316 days (17)
Romero, Pilgrims plant, Mary's mantle, Compass weed, Foxtail rosemary
I’ve taken more cutting from this plant over the past winter than I probably ever have. It looks great all the time and never misses a beat.
patanne about growing Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue'
Green leaves and seems to be doing fine.
patanne about growing Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue'
Rosemary flowers are an intense lavender color.
Kevalsha about growing Rosemary Irene