Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) in the Salvias Database

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

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 2 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Lavender
Pink
White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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
Layering
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, UtahDate: 2011-12-08
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-02-16
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-12-096 year old plant
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Location: Houston, TXDate: Sep 29, 2011 11:46 AMrosemary
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2007-03-26
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Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, UtahDate: 2011-12-08Rosemary Topiary
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-02-16
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Location: Canoga Park, CaliforniaDate: 2013-08-21
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Location: test garden Date: 2015-03-23
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Location: AZDate: SpringHeat lover!
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 9/20/2011a potted rosemary plant
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Location: Houston, TXDate: Sep 29, 2011 11:46 AM
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Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, UtahDate: 2011-12-08
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Date: 2013-05-05Photo courtesy of: Colin-47
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Comments:
Posted by sheryl (Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ - Zone 9b) on Dec 8, 2011 9:41 PM

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!

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:34 PM

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.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 4:04 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by Marylyn (Houston, TX - Zone 9a) on Jan 25, 2012 4:02 PM

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.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 19, 2018 2:53 PM

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.

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