General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 2 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Other info: Can take Up to 3 months to germ. Place in light soil or sand, lightly cover, place in baggie, place on heat mat or other heat source. Keep damp.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Rosemary
  • Salvia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Salvia rosmarinus
  • Synonym: Rosmarinus lavandulaceus
  • Synonym: Rosmarinus officinalis subsp. palaui
  • Synonym: Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Synonym: Rosmarinus angustifolius
  • Synonym: Rosmarinus officinalis var. prostratus

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  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:34 PM concerning plant:
    Rosmarinus officinalis is a useful companion plant in the garden that reportedly helps to repel the Cabbage White butterfly, bean beetle, carrot fly, Mexican bean beetle, slugs, and snails.

  • Posted by sheryl (Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ - Zone 9b) on Dec 8, 2011 9:41 PM concerning plant:
    Native to the Mediterranean. Loves sunshine and warmth, although some cold hardy strains (Arp, to zone 6) have been cultivated. Quite xeric.

    One of my favorite plants. If I brush up against it while gardening I can smell the scent for hours on my clothing. One of my favorite herbs to cook with -sprinkle rosemary, garlic and salt on a lightly oiled salmon fillet - heaven!
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 4:04 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 16, 2020 9:35 PM concerning plant:
    Practical drought-tolerant shrub for arid Mediterranean (dry summer, winter rainfall) gardens. Leaves are great for cooking and flowers provide nice purple accents during winter (our rainy season), attracting bees. Easy to start from cuttings. This plant prefers good drainage and responds well to periodic pruning (or will grow into a mangy bush if you let it).
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 19, 2018 2:53 PM concerning plant:
    It's mid June and my mature 5 year old plant is starting to produce small pale-blue flowers. It's about 12 inches tall and wide in the top of a 15-inch tall clay strawberry pot. I planted it there 4 years ago and it lives in a part-sun location. I water it with collected rain water every other day particularly for the other herbs in the pockets. All grow well, so drainage must be right. I use a lot of rosemary, so the branches get tipped regularly. About once a month I water the pot with Miracle-Gro added to the water.
  • Posted by Marylyn (Houston, TX - Zone 9a) on Jan 25, 2012 4:02 PM concerning plant:
    I have two rosemary bushes in my garden. They only get part sun so they don't bloom, but they grow happily all year long. I had another bush deeper in the shade and it wasn't happy at all.
Plant Events from our members
vbprog On November 1, 2014 Winterized
Trimming back and bringing in
Trish On February 5, 2015 Seeds germinated
germinated, moved to greenhouse.
Trish On January 10, 2015 Seeds sown
paper towel. Sowed all seeds. Primed seeds from Swallowtail.
dragonfetti On April 5, 2015 Seeds germinated
dragonfetti On March 26, 2015 Seeds sown
CL container
dragonfetti On March 22, 2015 Obtained plant
Ferry-Morse $1.59
lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sow
lovesblooms On February 9, 2017 Seeds sown
joannmorford On May 11, 2017 Obtained plant
3AmigosGarden On September 1, 2017 Seeds sown
3AmigosGarden On August 30, 2017 Obtained plant
Pima County Seed Library
LizDTM On September 25, 2017 Seeds sown
thepurplebug On June 3, 2019 Seeds sown
Seeds planted in a container in front of the house.
Georgegrowstomatoes On April 5, 2020 Seeds sown
Potted into pots of 2 and 3 seeds to see if there was a difference in how successfully they germinated depending on more or fewer seeds.
tabbycat On May 1, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
In a hanging basket a year & doing well on porch where I put Hummingbird feeder & move it to crepe myrtle by gate.
tabbycat On February 26, 2021 Potted up
Put in a gal. pot on patio
tabbycat On January 29, 2021 Maintenance performed
Plant is 12"x 12" so I trimmed back to dry cuttings hoping plant rebounds thicker & larger.
tabbycat On May 19, 2020 Transplanted
Moved to a gal. pot
tabbycat On May 19, 2020 Obtained plant
Nice plant with several stems
WebTucker On March 12, 2022 Bloomed
antsinmypants On May 25, 2022 Transplanted
Into larger container.
antsinmypants On March 3, 2022 Plant emerged
1 seedling emerged.
antsinmypants On February 24, 2022 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights on heat mat.

1 cup
SuperHappyCamper On August 10, 2022 Obtained plant
Purchased from Pike's (Clearance $3).
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