• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Groundcover
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:rohs-ma-RY-nus o-fis-i-NAY-lis
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis is an excellent groundcover for sunny banks or along paths. It is also a fine addition to containers, where it will spill over the edges. Plant in a Mediterranean or culinary garden in the foreground of hedges or the interior of parterres.
    Companion PlantsLavender (Lavandula); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica); Olive (Olea); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)
  • 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. As a groundcover space plants 5 ft. apart, or closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    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
    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 cultivar behaves much like the traditional ground hugging mat, R. o. 'Prostratus' but with improved habit and flower color.


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