Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp'Item #2049 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 10
More cold-hardy than most, it quickly forms an upright hedge of aromatic needle-like foliage. Profuse clear-blue flowers add to the effect. Takes to pruning well for small topiaries. Good flavor for cooking. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:rohs-ma-RY-nus o-fis-i-NAY-lisPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through SummerFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasRosemary is a fabulous aromatic herb for arid gardens. It is a beautiful foundation shrub that provides year around coverage of utilities and footings. The plant is a staple for banks, and both cut and fill slopes where it thrives in full sun with express drainage. Add it to the Mediterranean parterre garden as a hedge or single specimen. Treasured for parterres in the French or Italian style. Naturalizes in hot dry climates to add interest to native plantings or international xeriscape composition. Belongs in every kitchen garden, veggie plot and herb garden. Rosemary makes an excellent potted plant, particularly in terra cotta for porch or patio.Companion PlantsLavender (Lavandula); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica); Fig (Ficus); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Drought tolerant once established in landscape; check patio containers regularly. Avoid excess winter moisture. Needs little care; may be fertilized lightly in spring. Prune only as needed to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- 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 officially in the herbal pharmacoepia. It remains today a valuable culinary herb and dryland garden plant. This more cold hardy cultivar was discovered by Madalene Hill in Arp, Texas and named for the town. It was sent to the U.S. National Arboretum for testing and is proven to survive further north.
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