Tuscan Blue Rosemary

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Water                     

 

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Rosemary, 'Salem'

 

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'

 

Lamiaceae

 

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

 

36 -60"

 

 

24-48"

 

36"

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Price

4" pots:  $2.20

6" pots:  $3.50

1 Gallon Root Pouch:  5.00

 

Clay pots and planters:  Prices vary

Description

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.  

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 (Winter in mild climates will not affect these plants).  

  • Deep shade

History

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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