Tuscan Blue Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||rohs-ma-RY-nus oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring through Summer|
|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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Fig (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