Rosmarinus officinalis | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

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Rosmarinus officinalis is commonly known as Rosemary. A herb that's great for cooking with, it's evergreen so you can use it all year round. It can be hard to get it established, but once it is, it is very hardy and will survive all but the very coldest winters. The name Rosemary comes from the Latin words ros and marinus, which means dew of the sea. This is because it needs no watering and can survive simply on water carried in on a sea breeze. It has needle like leaves that give off a strong herbal fragrance. It has small purple or white flowers. Don't let rosemary get waterlogged, and plant it in a sunny spot. A crown of rosemary was often worn by the bride in wedding ceremonies in the Middle Ages.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Dense
  • Prostrate
  • Rounded
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H12-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Herbs
Grown for
  • Fragrant flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Simple food
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Outdoor food
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • Kitchen garden
  • Mediterranean garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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