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Rosmarinus - Care Guide

Growing Rosemary

Rosemary

The generic name is taken from the Latin word for rosemary which is ros or ros maris. Ros in Latin can also mean ‘dew’ and hence the belief that Rosmarinus means ‘sea dew’.

R. officinalis or common rosemary is a dense evergreen shrub growing eventually up to 5-6ft with a similar spread. It is a Mediterranean plant which has been cultivated in the UK for at least 400 years. The stems are covered in green or greyish-green leaves which are white underneath and the flowers are purple-blue to white and are produced from the upper leaf axils from April to June and, usually, again in the autumn.

Rosemary thrive in all types of well-drained soil in full sun. R. officinalis can be grown as a hedge, as a freestanding shrub or in a mixed border, in a herb garden or against a warm sunny wall. Pruning of the bush should take place immediately after flowering to remove not just the old flower heads but also the tips of the new growth to shape the bush and encourage further uniform new growth and flowers later in the year. This is particularly important when Rosemary are grown as a hedge.

The leaves of rosemary are traditionally dried and used as a culinary herb to bring out the flavours in many meat dishes.

Propagation is simple from semi ripe cuttings set in summer but R. officinalis will also root as a hardwood cutting in the autumn.

There are many named varieties of R. officinalis which have different flowers, foliage and habits:

f. albiflorus has white flowers and an upright mounded habit

Rosmarinus albiflorus click for larger image
Rosmarinus albiflorus
Rosmarinus albiflorus click for larger image
Rosmarinus albiflorus
Rosmarinus albiflorus click for larger image
Rosmarinus albiflorus
Rosmarinus albiflorus click for larger image
Rosmarinus albiflorus

‘Aureus’ has irregular and occasional yellow marked leaves

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Aureus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Aureus’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Aureus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Aureus’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Aureus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Aureus’

‘Majorca Pink’ has arching stems and bright pink flowers

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Majorca Pink’

“Miss Jessopp’s Upright” is a tall growing form with a pyramidical habit

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Miss Jessopp’s Upright'

‘Prostratus’ has a trailing or prostrate habit with light blue flowers. It is ideal for growing over a wall or a bank where it can produce a hanging carpet of flowers.

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’

‘Roman Beauty’ has a dense compact habit with arching stems and dark blue flowers

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Roman Beauty’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Roman Beauty’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Roman Beauty’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Roman Beauty’

‘Roseus’ has pink flowers

Rosmarinus ‘Roseus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus ‘Roseus’
Rosmarinus ‘Roseus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus ‘Roseus’
Rosmarinus ‘Roseus’ click for larger image
Rosmarinus ‘Roseus’

‘Severn Sea’ has a dwarf habit and brilliant blue flowers

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea'

‘Tuscan Blue’ is a small shrub with broader leaves and deep blue flowers. It often flowers in winter.

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue' click for larger image
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

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