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Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Rosmarinus officinalis

Other names

Rosemary

Genus

Rosmarinus Rosmarinus

Species

R. officinalis - R. officinalis is a dense, bushy, upright to rounded, evergreen shrub with linear, leathery, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of whorled, blue or white flowers in mid-spring and early summer.


Rosmarinus officinalis is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Upright, Rounded, Bushy

Flower

Blue, White in Spring; Blue, White in Summer; White, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Brown scale , Rosemary leaf beetle Brown scale , Rosemary leaf beetle

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 9. If used as a formal or informal hedge, trim after flowering.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

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

Grow in poor, well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. May bloom again in autumn. Suitable for use as a low, formal or informal hedge.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Rosmarinus officinalis

Other names

Rosemary

Genus

Rosmarinus Rosmarinus

Species

R. officinalis - R. officinalis is a dense, bushy, upright to rounded, evergreen shrub with linear, leathery, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of whorled, blue or white flowers in mid-spring and early summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Upright, Rounded, Bushy


Colour

Flower

Blue, White in Spring; Blue, White in Summer; White, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

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.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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

Grow in poor, well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position. May bloom again in autumn. Suitable for use as a low, formal or informal hedge.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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