Fast-growin creeping Rosemary is an evergreen herb that is infamously known for its aromatic evergreen foliage. It is used in different foods worldwide. This plant does not only have uses in culinary dishes, but also is also used in medical help. You can plant this plant in herb gardens with other plants or plant it in pots for indoor growth. This plant is also used as a food preservative and attracts bees, birds, and butterflies to your lovely garden!
Common Name: Rosemary
Scientific Name: Rosemarium Officinalis
Scientific Background: Rosemary is in the family of Lamiaceae, also known as the mint family, and the genus of Rosmarinus. Rosemary leaves are used in medical procedures. These leaves also contain an acid called rosmarinic acid that scientists believe helps with certain neurological disorders such as memory loss. Asthma treatments have also been derived from Rosemary along with other herbs. Tea made from the leaves and flowers of Rosemary helps lessen pain and suffering from headaches and colds and even helps with depression. This plant’s essential oil can be toxic and should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women and people who are at high risk for seizures. It has also been seen that Rosemary’s essential oil can aid with the growth of hair.
Blooms/Foliage: Rosemary plants have an evergreen foliage made green needle-like leaves that form an aromatic foliage. This plant produces two-lipped flowers that are a purplish or bluish white in color.
Hardiness Zones: Rosemary is native to the dry climates in the Mediterranean regions. This plant is grown in the following areas of the U.S., Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Growth Habit: Rosemary plants can grow up to 3′-6′ tall and 2′-4′ wide. These plants are narrow.
Exposure: Rosemary plants enjoy being planted in areas of a garden where they can receive full sunlight.
Water: Once rosemary is established, occasional deep watering is almost all it needs. It is drought-tolerant and should never become waterlogged.
Spread: Allow 2′-4′ of space in between each plant.
Soil: Rosemary plants should be planted in soils that have a neutral pH level.
Potential Handling Dangers: The oil extracted from Rosemary plants can cause skin irritations if the skin comes in contact with the oil. The oil can also cause internal problems if consumed abnormally.
Potential Plant Dangers: Rosemary plants are threatened by Spittlebugs, Aphids, and Whiteflies. They also can suffer from root rot.
Helpful Tips: When harvesting this plant be sure not to cut too the plant too close and once harvested, bundle the leaves with a rubber band and hang upside down to dry.