Salvia rosmarinus (formerly Rosmarinus officinalis) is a bushy evergreen shrub and one of the world's best-loved herbs. Commonly called rosemary, it is known as the plant of remembrance and friendship. It is covered in dense, aromatic foliage comprising dark green leaves which reduce to thin, needle-like protrusions. These curve at the edges and have paler-coloured, felted texture on the undersides. Flowers are small and delicate, typically appearing throughout the year from spring onwards. Flower colour ranges from dark to light shades of purple, blue, pink and white. Many cultivars have been developed for garden use. Growth habit varies from upright to ground-hugging and can be used in sunny borders, rock gardens and for low-growing hedging. Rosemary is used for flavouring food and as an antiseptic herb. It is drought-resistant and attractive to bees and butterflies.
Harvest leaves and flowers as needed. Cut stems rather than harvesting leaves, to encourage new growth. To dry, hang bunches of herbs upside down in a dry ventilated area.
Take cuttings and place in a sandy potting mix. Use rooting hormone powder for semi-hardwood cuttings and water well. Cuttings from stem tips will root if placed in water.
Repels harmful insects
Repels cabbage whites, snails and carrot flies. Stems buried in the ground around seedlings will keep cutworms away!
Once established, it is a very hardy plant.
Clipped to formal hedges or left untrained and pick as needed, it makes an excellent border for vegetable beds.
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Used from ancient times and popular today in aromatherapy and cooking. It has anti-bacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Use as balm, oil, tea or in cooking.
Hard stems often used as sosatie/kebab sticks. The leaves are used fresh or dried especially with lamb, eggs, cheeses and vegetables.
Pink, Purple, White, Blue