Tuscan Blue Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
|Description||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 herb 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.|
|Watering||Once established water during dry spells.|
|Blooms||Spring through Summer|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge|
|Design Ideas||Plant as a fragrant, pruned 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 Plants||Fig (Ficus); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica); Lavender (Lavandula); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)|
|Care||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 to maintain desired shape.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11
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