Rosmarinus officinalis


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Rosemary is one of the oldest Mediterranean aromatic shrubs in cultivation. It is still regarded as an essential culinary and medicinal herb, with an invigorating spicy flavour. As a specimen garden plant it is handsome and impressive at all times, especially when covered with its lovely flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Plant against a warm wall to help it to gain extra height, and preferably in a position where it is brushed in passing to release its lingering scent. To keep plants in shape, trim after flowering.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Rosmarinus

Species: officinalis

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

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