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Rosmarinus officinalis/Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis / Rosmarinus officinalis
An excellent location for rosemary where soil will be well drained and positioned in full sunlight
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An excellent location for rosemary where soil will be well drained and positioned in full sunlight

A rosemary featured for the late year holiday season

Handsome flowers can occur on relatively mature plants

Old flowering plants cascading out of a raised planter

A wonderful plant to feature in a raised planter

Evergreen foliage with a sprinkling of flowers

A healthy planting of rosemary draping out of a planter

Close-up image of light blue flowers

Juniper-like foliage

A small cherub nestled in a clump of rosemary

A highly aromatic foliage that is one of the most popular of the cooking herbs

Rabbit checking out the aromatic foliage of the rosemary

A very close-up of flowers taken on a plant blooming in early May

Low mounding specimen in a botanical garden

The trunk of an old specimen in a dry, southern California garden

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Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Common Name: Rosemary
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Herb
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: Rosemary takes on different forms depending on where it is grown. As a stand alone plant it is shrublike, if located in a planter or other raised planting it drapes over the edge as seen in several of the above images. Creamy-white to lavender flowers are quite tiny but can be significant when a plant is covered with them. Very aromatic foliage used in cooking. Provide well drained soil that contains a lot of sand and full sunlight.