Rosemary plants are famous for aromatic foliage and fragrant blue flowers in both spring and autumn.
They are evergreen and easy to grow. An attractive and useful herb plant for any garden.
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Rosemary plants an attractive herb generally grown as a rosemary bush or a mini standard. It has blue-green spiky leaves and delightful tiny clusters of soft clear blue flowers which blossom, often blossom twice a year. Frost hardy, it can be grown against a south or west-facing wall in very cold areas without worry. Prune back frost-damaged plants in spring. Rosemary plants like sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Rosemary can make a good hedge giving off a lovely aromatic fragrance. It can, of course, do well in a pot and it’s a useful plant for a patio or outside a kitchen. Prune the rosemary plants herbs after flowering to strengthen and tidy the plant. Harvest leaves and flowering tops in spring and early summer.
Rosemary has been used for thousands of year and is steeped in history and folk-lore. Not only has the rosemary plants herbs been used in cooking but also medicinally as it is rich in volatile oil, flavonoids and phenolic acids which are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Common Name: Rosemary
Latin name: Rosmarinus Officinalis
Soil: Fertile well-drained
Position: Full sun
Flowering period: Spring & Autumn
Colour: Blue flowers
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Special features: Aromatic culinary leaves & fragrant flowers loved by bees.
Symbolism, Folklore & Old Wives Tales
Rosemary plants are symbols of friendship, loyalty and remembrance. Cuttings of rosemary are traditionally carried by a bride at her wedding as well as by mourners at funerals in western cultures. Greek scholars wore a garland of Rosemary to improve their concentration when sitting exams.
Constancy, Fidelity & Love, Enduring love, Devotion & Memory, Your presence revives me are all charming snippets of symbolism.
Rosemary plants are the herb of those born under the sign of Aries so make a lovely present for someone born under this sign.
Gender – Masculine, Planet – Sun, Element – Fire.
Powers – Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep and Youth.