Rosemary in BloomBotanical Name:
Rosmarinus officinalis L.

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Rosemary originated in the mediterranean and was cultivated for its culinary properties but due to its low tolerance to freezes, its popularity in other, colder regions of Europe was limited. In more recent times, a cultivar Arp has been developed with greater cold tolerance. Though, in our Colorado climate, Rosemary surviving the winter outdoors would be the exception rather than the rule. However, Rosemary can easily be enjoyed year-round if it is overwintered inside. If it is provided with sufficient light, it will even bloom profusely through the winter months.

Rosemary preforms best in containers if it is allowed to dry slightly between waters but never allowed to dry out completely. It can be prone to powdery mildew.

Fresh or dried, the needle-like leaves are used culinarily and are strongly aromatic, resinous and slightly bitter containing 1-2.5% essential oil.