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Salvia rosmarinus

*Plant shown is mature size*

Common Name: Rosemary

Type: Perennial

Family: Lamiaceae

USDA Zones: 8-10

Exposure: Full sun in sandy loamy soil

Bloom Time: Spring

Flowers: Purple/Blue

Fertilizer: Add compost to hole at planting time.

Mature size: 2-6’ Tall x 2-4’ tall

Resists: Deer



Planting: Plant after danger of frost has passed. Select an area with sandy loam, which has good drainage where it will get at least 6 hours of direct sun. Space approx. 3’ apart. This plant should be planted at the same depth it was growing in the container.

Pests: Treat spider mites and other pests with a soap-based spray.

Watering: Water, and allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can cause root rot and other problems.

To harvest and store: Harvest before the flowers appear for optimal flavor. Collect on a dry day, in the morning after the dew has dried, and hang in small bunches (to ensure proper drying) in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight for a week until thoroughly dry. Then remove the dried herbs from the stems, and store in an air tight container such as a glass jar, out of direct sunlight. Properly dried herbs should last between 1-3 years.

Attracts: Bees

Aromatic: Yes

Best for: Drought Garden

Note: The Arp variety is cold hardy to Zone 5 

Plant Type
Sun Exposure
Full (6 hrs min of direct sun)
Bees and Butterflies
Best for
Drought Garden