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Rosemary Upright (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Color Name: Rosemary Upright

This is one of the favorite Rosemary varieties available because of its carefree growth, great flavor and dark blue flower.

The botanical name Rosmarinus is derived form the old Latin for 'dew of the sea', a reference to its pale blue dew-like flowers and the fact that it is often grown near the sea. It is a symbol or remembrance and friendship, and is often carried by wedding couples as a sign of love and fidelity.

Rosemary is an attractive evergreen shrub with pine needle-like leaves. It's trusses of blue flowers last through spring and summer in a warm, humid environment. It will grow to a height of between 3 and 5 feet.

The leaves can be harvested any time.  Harvest no more than you can use fresh, as they loose most of their flavor when dried. If used fresh be sure to chop them very fine or use whole stems and remove from food before serving.

Rosemary wants as much bright sun as possible, & not much water. It grows rapidly & needs periodic trimming down, as often as twice a year, depending on how large one wishes it to be.

Growing Tips: Since it is attractive and tolerates some degree of drought, it is also used in landscaping, especially in areas having a Mediterranean climate. It is considered easy to grow for beginner gardeners, and is pest-resistant. Rosemary grows on friable loam soil with good drainage in an open sunny position, it will not withstand water logging and some varieties may be susceptible to frost. It grows best in neutral - alkaline conditions pH (pH 7-7.8) with average fertility.[3] Choose a well-drained spot in your garden with exposure to sunlight. The shrubs will grow with little attention from you - as a matter of fact, too much watering or fertilizing is sure to kill your rosemary plants. Clip the shrubs back as much as you like. Rosemary is such a hearty herb that it will continue to grow in humid, warm spots for up to thirty years. The leaves of the rosemary plant resemble pine needles, and are bluish green in color. Harvest the leaves as often as you'd like, and use them fresh for cooking. They can also be hung in a cool, dry place to dry out. Strip the dried leaves from the stems for culinary uses, or use the sprigs to scent a room, closet, or drawer. Dried rosemary also makes a soothing tea or a comforting bath soak.

Flower Color: Blue shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 36-48 Inches / Spread: 18-24 Inches

Hardy in Zone:7
Blooms:Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Dried Flower
Dried Flower
Fragrant
Fragrant
Container
Container
  • Border
  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen Plant
  • Landscapes
Attracts:
Butterflies
Butterflies
Critter Resistance:
Deer
Deer