Rosemary, Salem


Botanical Name


Native to







Rosemary, 'Salem'

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'


Southern Europe & Western Asia; found on dry, rocky slopes


Full sun - but can tolerate some shade

Poor to average - slightly acidic soil best

36 -48"



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4" Pots:  $2.20

6" Pots:  $3.50

Clay Pots & Other Planters:  Prices Vary


Rosemary is a dark, evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and woody stems.  Small tubular, pale blue to purple flowers appear in spring.  It is highly aromatic and can be trimmed into a hedge.  'Salem,' was selected in Salem, North Carolina.  It has an upright habit and can grow to be 3-4 feet (prune to desired height).

Keeping it Going

  • Thrives on dry, well-drained soil in full sun

  • Rosemary is considered a drought tolerant plant, but it should be watered until it is established.

  • Little to no fertilizer is necessary.  Rosemary thrives in poor to average soil.  

  • Prune hard in the summer after flowering, but never cut into old wood.  It will not regenerate from old growth.

Won't Tolerate

  • Soil that is not well draining

  • Extremely wet conditions 

  • Fertile soil - no need to compost or add fertilizer

  • Extreme and prolonged cold.  



Points of Interest

  • Rosemary is found in the Mediterranean coast on rocky hillsides and in open fields.

  • Ancient texts from Greece and Rome reference rosemary as a valuable herb.  It was thought to improve memory and uplift the spirits.  Later in 1525, "Bancke's Herbal," mentions many remedies and expressions concerning rosemary such as:  Boiling it with wine creates a cosmetic face wash and binding it around legs prevented gout.  It was also thought to alleviate bad dreams when placed under a bed.  In addition, it was often gilded and used as decorations for weddings, funerals and Christmas 

  • Uses:  Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic, and Aromatic.

  • Medicinal:  Antiseptic and antibacterial properties.  It is used to treat a number of ailments that include sore muscles and fatigue and headaches.  Caution:  Do not take infusions of rosemary while pregnant, especially in the form of essential oil, as excess may cause abortion.  Always consult a physician before taking home remedies.

  • Culinary:  The leaves and flowering stems are used to flavor both savory and sweet dishes.

  • Cosmetic:  Used as a rinse for dry hair.  The essential oils are used in the perfume and cosmetic industries.

  • Aromatic:  Can be used as an insect repellent