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
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.
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