• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Aromatic Culinary Seasoning
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:rohs-ma-RY-nus o-fis-i-NAY-lis
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design 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 PlantsCypress (Cupresuss); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Heath (Erica); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives 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 only as needed to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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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