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)
Plant Height: 2 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Lavender
Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
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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Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) was a featured
Plant of the Day for February 1, 2018.

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Location: Las VegasDate: 2010-06-30Mockingbird Chick in Rosemary
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Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, UtahDate: 2011-12-08
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Date: 2017-08-04
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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: 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: test garden Date: 2015-03-23
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Location: AZDate: SpringHeat lover!
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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: 2014-01-21
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Location: AZDate: SpringLoves the heat and it is great on a path where brushing it releas
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-09-03Well over 4 y.o. planted by previous homeowner.  Rarely blooms.
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Location: CyprusDate: 2019-11-10
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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: 2012-12-28
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Date: 2012-12-28
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Date: 2014-01-20
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-0525
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-0525
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-0525
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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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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 16, 2020 9:35 PM

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).

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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.
Weedwhacker On April 13, 2015 Seeds sown
Indoors/V
Weedwhacker On June 8, 2012 Obtained plant
2 plants, Walmart
dragonfetti On April 5, 2015 Seeds germinated
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Ferry-Morse $1.59
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lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sow
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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.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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