of Mediterranean region
Tender shrub with glossy, strongly scented, evergreen needlelike leaves
with a flashy light stripe below and blue, lavender, or white flowers.
Flowers are borne on old growth in late winter. When grown outside in
warm climates (zones 8-10), most rosemary cultivars can grow up to 6
feet high. Prostrate forms creep along the ground.
Growing Know-How: In
warm climates, plant rosemary in well-drained soil and full sun, spacing
plants 2 to 3 feet apart. Prune lightly to shape. In cold climates, grow
rosemary in pots to bring indoors during winter. Put them in a sunny
window or under artificial lights. Use well-drained potting mix and be
careful you don't water so much that the soil gets soggy. Fertilize once
a month during the growing season with dilute, balanced, organic
7, try extra-hardy 'Arp' or 'Hill Hardy'. For a bright white flower,
grow R. officinalis 'Albus'. For baskets or ground covers, try
low-growing creeping rosemary, R. officinalis 'Prostratus'.
new plants by layering or stem cuttings. Rosemary will grow from seed,
but the process is slow and the seedlings are not true to cultivar.
Provide well-drained soil to prevent root rot and good air circulation
to discourage powdery mildew.
Harvesting and Using:
Rosemary has a strong flavor. Use it in bouquet garni with chicken,
meat, vegetable, and tomato dishes - pull the leathery sprigs out before
serving. You can use rosemary dried or fresh (snip or mince finely).