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Tuscan Blue Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

SKU
07028
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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationrohs-ma-RY-nus oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss
LoreRosmarinus 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through Summer
Design IdeasPlant 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsFig (Ficus); Bay Laurel (Laurus); Pomegranate (Punica); Lavender (Lavandula); Meyer Lemon (Citrus)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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