Rosemary

iphone 274Rosemary is blooming true blue right now.  Many flowers are described as blue, when they are actually purple, like the rose “Blue” Girl!  There are a handful of beautiful blue blooms…meconopsis, delphinium and ceanothus…these have colors to match the sky on a clear summer day.  But Rosemary is about the sea.  The name is latin for ‘dew from the sea’ and brings to mind the azure waters of the ocean on a sparkling day.

Rosemary is native to the mediterranean region and wants little to moderate water.  If over-watered or over-fertilized the plants will become woody and unattractive.  Wet, poorly drained soils in winter can be fatal to this plant.  When we think it was the cold, it possibly could be the clay soil and poor drainage that winter-kills this plant.  The leaves of rosemary are intensely fragrant and a little bottle of these leaves is probably found in the majority of kitchens across America.  It can be used to flavor butter and added to lamb, pork and chicken, as well as a variety of vegetables.

Just the Facts
Rosmarinus offincinalis   Rosemary
Zones 8-10
Full Sun Little to Moderate Water
Attracts Flowers, hummingbirds and Bees
Evergreen, Culinary Uses
Height 1-8 feet (.3-2.5m)
Tolerates drought and deer

5 thoughts on “Rosemary

  1. pbmgarden

    Your post on Rosemary is so timely as I was just lamenting that my Rosemary became terribly woody and finally died. Could easily have been the clay soil and overwatering. Thanks for the info.

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  2. gardeninacity

    Beautiful. I have never seen rosemary flower in this area, where it must be grown as an annual. The alternative is to bring them indoors during winter, which we did for a couple of years.

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  3. Leola

    Your rosemary is beautiful. I am looking forward to mine becoming mature enough to bloom, I didn’t realize what I was missing. 🙂

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  4. Cathy

    Lovely picture of the flowers. Mine has only managed to produce a few insignificant blooms over the years, but perhaps because it’s in a pot… I have to bring it indoors over winter.

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