Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary is for remembrance according to many books on the language of flowers. The ancient Greeks believed that encircling the head in a garland of Rosemary would improve the memory – certainly won’t hurt anything and is definitely worth the try! There are many legends regarding Rosemary including an association with the Virgin Mary. It is said that originally the flowers were white. During the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt they stopped and Mary placed her blue cape over the bush. In honor of this the flowers changed from white to blue.

Rosemary is a plant that you can kill with kindness. It seems to like being on the dry side once established. the easiest way to get off to a good start is purchase your plant from a nursery. Plant in full sun with good drainage.

This plant can reach the size of a small shrub when it is happy. This perennial plant grows taller than most herbs, up to 6 feet in height, and remains its vibrant green all season long. Rosemary grows in upright mounds that resembles a small bush. Rosemary is drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping Even if Rosemary is used for no other purpose than a specimen in the garden – plant it.

Place in a container by an entrance, it can be pruned into a very attractive conical shape. Plant on a slope or top of a wall and let another variety drape over to soften the hard edge. Since most varieties don’t grow over 6 feet tall, it works nicely under windows. In the Carolinas, Rosemary is an evergreen with beautiful needlelike leaves. Whatever the need, there is a Rosemary. Once it’s in the garden it will not be forgotten!

Additional Resources

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia
of Herbs.
Claire Kowalchik and William H. Hylton.
Editors. Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA, 1987.

Rosetta E. Clarkson. The Macmillan Company,
New York, NY, 1942.Growing Herbs in Pots.

John Burton Brimer. Simon and Schuster, New York,
NY, 1976.The Herb Book.
John Lust. Bantam Books, New York, NY, 1974.Pests and

Season of Bloom
up to 3-6 feet
well drained.
full Sun 6-8 hours.
stem cuttings that are stuck in a mixture of sand, loam, and leaf mold.