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Light: Full Sun
Water: Low, Moderate
Zone: 8, 9, 10
Origin: Northern Africa, Western Asia, Southern Europe
Salvia Rosmarinus, commonly known as rosemary, is an evergreen shrub with gray-green, needle-like leaves and tiny, two-lipped, pale blue to white flowers. It usually grows up to 4-6 feet tall in winter-hardy areas. The foliage of this shrub has an intense fragrance and is often harvested for various purposes such as culinary flavorings, toiletries, and sachets. Rosemary plants are also great for ornamental purposes and can be grown in borders, herb gardens, patio areas, and foundations both in the ground and as container plants that can be brought indoors for overwintering. These plants are native to dry scrub and rocky places in the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe to western Asia.
The leaves of this shrub are narrow, linear, and needle-like, measuring around 1.5 inches in length. They are closely spaced on the stems and have a very aromatic and flavorful scent. The tiny, two-lipped flowers bloom in axillary clusters along with the shoots of the previous year's growth. In USDA Zones 8-10, flowers typically bloom from January to April. Additional sporadic blooms may occur in summer or fall, especially if the plants are trimmed after late winter to spring. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other insect pollinators.
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