Salvia rosmarinus


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A beautiful and tough evergreen aromatic herb with pretty china blue flowers and a rich history of culinary and medicinal importance. It tolerates part shade, but thrives in full sun and good drainage and can be clipped regularly to keep compact or grown to full 2m maturity.


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Origin: Mediterranean region
Genus: Salvia
Species / Cultivar: rosmarinus
Common Name: rosemary
Synonym: Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant Biography

Known until recently under the name Rosmarinus officinalis, the common rosemary has been reclassified in 2017 as a species of Salvia.

This beautiful and tough evergreen aromatic herb with pretty china blue flowers has a rich history of culinary and medicinal importance. It tolerates part shade, but thrives in full sun and good drainage and can be clipped regularly to keep compact or grown to full 2m maturity.
Salvia rosmarinus is almost too familiar to describe – evergreen woody herb with pointed dark green leaves and china-blue flowers in spring. Long used as a herb for flavouring meat and stews, Sunday Lamb wouldn’t taste the same without it.

Salvia rosmarinus (formerly Rosmarinus officinalis)
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

Away from the kitchen Rosemary is a valuable evergreen plant for the Mediterranean style garden. It is completely drought proof and can be trained or shaped into any situation.

Flowers are welcome in spring and intermittently through summer and the aroma on a hot sunny summer day can transport your mind to warmer climes in a way few other plants are capable of.