Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs used in Mediterranean cuisine. Growing rosemary herb is simple if you follow the instructions are aware of this delicious plant’s needs. There is an interesting Legend surrounding this aromatic herb – when Virgin Mary during her way to Egypt placed her cloak on the white flowers of this plant, the flowers turned into blue, since then, the rosemary blooms are always blue.
Essential Facts on Rosemary
Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Growth: Evergreen perennial herb
Hardiness: Zone 8-10
Garden suitability: Zones 7-9
Temperature: Ideal growing temperature, 50-70° F.
Light: Bright sunlight.
Water: Keep the soil moist and easily drainable but it should never become damp.
Fertilizer: All purpose fertilizer or home made mulch.
Soil Preference: Fast draining soil with plenty of sand.
How to grow rosemary?
Rosemary can be easily grown in a modest soil quality and temperate climate which does not allow the soil to dry or crack. Do not allow the soil to become too soggy. This perennial herb can also withstand low temperatures but prefers full sun. It requires soil that ensures drainage because too wet a soil makes it wither.