(Rosmarinus officinalis)

Photo by David J. Stang

This durable “Rosemary” earns its varietal name from the stiffness of its stems - strong enough to use as BBQ skewers! It grows steadily to form a 6’ high and 4’ wide shrub, densely clothed with aromatic, needle-like green leaves. Pretty, pale periwinkle flowers appear in Summer and are especially popular with bees. Particularly aromatic, it’s a wonderful selection for all manner of cooking. Also attractive enough to grow as an ornamental! Perfect for a hedge or screening plant, or where needed for a windbreak. Makes an excellent EVERGREEN shrub for both herb and pollinator gardens. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil. Prune to keep desired shape. Harvest leaves as needed, for fresh use or to dry. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Low Water

Perennial Shrub/Herb
USDA zones 8-10
(Annual Elsewhere)