Rosmarinus officinalis is a very drought-tolerant plant that prefers full sun and well-drained soil. The fragrant leaves are deer-resistant too. In the winter, the shrubs produce small flowers that attract butterflies.
More Information About Rosmarinus
The 3 species in the genus Rosmarinus are shrubby mint-relatives that are all native to the Mediterranean region of the world. Two of the species (R. tomentosus, and R. eriocalyx) are rare in the US, as are the interspecific hybrids Rosmarinus x lavandulaceus and Rosmarinus x mendizabalii. However, the culinary herb rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), is very popular. The main limitation of R. officinalis is that many cultivars are not very cold hardy. We have selected the hardiest cultivars to make available to our customers.
Rosmarinus (Rosemary) Growing Conditions
Rosemary is a very drought-tolerant plant that prefers full sun and well-drained soil. The fragrant leaves are deer-resistant too. In the winter, the shrubs produce small flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Rosemary does quite well in coastal environments with salt spray and in rock gardens. In fact the name 'rosmarinus' comes from the Latin "ros" (dew) and "marinus" (the sea) referring to its native coastal habitat. Rosemary does not tolerate wet feet, which will make the plants less winter hardy if it does not kill them outright. Rosemary becomes woody and will open in the center after a decade, but pieces can easily be replanted back in the original location.
Rosemary looks great when paired with bold- textured plants such as agave, canna, and musa basjoo. Try planting rosemary along a path so that the wonderfully fragrant leaves can simulate the effect of walking by a department store perfume counter as you walk by.