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Growing Rosemary

Botanical Name:

Rosmarinus officinalis

Common names:



Rosemary is an important culinary herb and should be included in every herb garden. Besides Rosemary's many culinary and medicinal properties and its many household uses, its trusses of blue flowers nestled among pine needle-like leaves are an attractive ornamental shrub for perennial borders and beds. Rosemary grows tall and erect or bushy and compact depending on the variety.


Life Cycle:

tender perennial


full sun or partial shade


Start plants with cuttings taken from non-flowering branches in the early summer or layer and relocate seedlings from established plants. To sow from seed, select a well-protected site with loamy, well-drained soil and full sun exposure. Keep plants compact in size with regular trimming. Rosemary is a long-lived perennial in warmer climates. Northern gardeners can grow it in containers that can be easily brought indoors in the winter.



Parts Used:


Harvesting and Storage:

Rosemary leaves can be harvested anytime. They should only be used fresh, so harvest only what you can use at any one time.

Medicinal Uses:

digestive problems; muscle relaxant; diuretic; menstrual cramps; nervousness; memory stimulant

Culinary Uses

bouquet garnish; roasted meats; potatoes; vinegars


Other Uses:

skin care; hair care; soap; posies, wreaths and crafts; potpourri

About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services.

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