Tuscan Blue Rosemary
Tuscan Blue Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'Item #7028 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Quickly forms an upright hedge of aromatic, needle-like evergreen foliage. Profuse clear blue flowers add a charming effect. Leaves can be used as a flavorful spice in cooking. Takes to pruning well, but is equally wonderful when left in natural rustic form without pruning. A great choice for screening or in carefree, waterwise gardens.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:rohs-ma-RY-nus o-fis-i-NAY-lisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 24, 26 - 32Growth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through SummerFlower color:BlueFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasPlant as a fragrant, sheared hedge or natural growing screen. Use the trimmings in the kitchen. Place at the rear of mixed beds close to your outdoor living space or between windows as a foundation plant to take advantage of its wonderful fragrance. A must in a Mediterranean garden. Place in full sun for the healthiest plant.Companion PlantsFig (Ficus); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica); Lavender (Lavandula); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Avoid excess winter moisture. Needs little care; may be fertilized lightly in spring. Prune to maintain desired shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Rosemary is a valuable Old World aromatic shrub from Europe through Asia Minor. It is native to much of the Mediterranean region and most specifically in the south of France. It was classified by Linnaeus into the mint family and he named its genus from the Latin for sea-dew because it is commonly found on the chalk hills along the seacoast. There are only two species grown, and this one was the primary plant used in the herbal pharmacoepia. It remains today a valuable culinary herb and dryland garden plant. This is a very large upright cultivar that dwarfs the original species and makes a fine xeriscape shrub.Lore:Rosmarinus officinalis has been a part of garden lore for centuries. In ancient times rosemary was believed to strengthen memory; in literature and folklore it is an emblem of remembrance and fidelity. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia says, "There's Rosemary...that's for remembrance." Rich in aromatic oil, rosemary releases its fragrance when walked upon or crushed. In medieval times, it was thrown on the floor to mask body odor and poor sanitation practices. Medieval gardeners used it to ward away evil spirits. It was also used to season and disguise the taste and smell of gamy meat. Today, Rosemary is used for potpourri, medicinal tea, and as a culinary herb.