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Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
1.5m
Max height
Ultimate spread
0.6m
Max spread
Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Other names: Rosemary

Genus: Rosmarinus

Species: R. officinalis - R. officinalis is a dense, upright, evergreen shrub with linear, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of blue flowers in mid-spring and early summer.


Rosmarinus officinalis is: Evergreen

Flower: Insignificant or absent, Blue in Spring; Insignificant or absent, Blue in Summer; Insignificant or absent, Blue in Autumn

Foliage: Grey-green in All seasons

Fragrance: Foliage is aromatic.

Habit: Bushy, Prostrate, Spreading, Trailing

Watch out for

Specific pests: Brown scale , Rosemary leaf beetle

General care

Pruning: Pruning group 9. If used as a formal or informal hedge, trim after flowering.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.6m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Plant in poor, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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