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Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Herb, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer), Blue Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Half hardy, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Rosmarinus officinalis - Cultivation Notes

This tough shrubby cullinary herb will tolerate the driest and hottest conditions and flourishes on poor dry soils, being especially happy on chalky soils and coastal locations. Avoid planting in cold exposed spots or shady spots and avoid rich or heavy wet soils. Trim to shape in autumn.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Rosmarinus officinalis:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary

Weaknesses of Rosmarinus officinalis

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Rosmarinus officinalis:

  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden

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View other shrubs with dark blue flowers, or shrubs with blue foliage

Common Missspellings: Rosmarenus, Rosmeryiness, Rosemaryiness

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