Tuscan Blue Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'
Southern Europe & Western Asia; found on dry, rocky slopes
Dry-medium; water occasionally - more in intense heat or if planted in containers
Full sun - but can tolerate some shade
Poor to average - slightly acidic soil best
4" pots: $2.20
6" pots: $3.50
1 Gallon Root Pouch: 5.00
Clay pots and planters: Prices vary
Tuscan Blue Rosemary is an evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves on woody stems. Small, bright-blue flowers appear between spring and summer. Tuscan Blue has a narrow growing habit and can reach up to 6 feet in height, making it an ideal hedge. This particular rosemary is favored by chefs.
Will Tolerate &
Keeping in Going
Thrives on dry, well-drained soil in full sun
Drought tolerant once established
Little to no fertilizer is necessary.
If you have to prune, pinch the stems to encourage a bushier plant or remove branches to create a desired shape.
Soil that is not well draining
Extremely wet conditions
Fertile soil - no need to compost or add fertilizer
Extreme and prolonged cold (Winter in mild climates will not affect these plants).
Points of Interest
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean coast, and is found on rocky hillsides and open fields.
Texts from ancient 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. It offered advice such as: Boiling it with wine to create a cosmetic face wash or binding it around legs to prevent gout. It was 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, 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. Tuscan Blue is a favorite among chefs.
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