Famous for its aromatic foliage and fragrant blue flowers in spring and again in autumn.
An evergreen and easy to grow it is an attractive and useful plant for any garden.
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Rosemary is an attractive herb generally grown as a bush or a mini standard. It has blue green spiky leaves and delightful tiny clusters of soft clear blue flowers which blossom which often blossom twice a year. Frost hardy, it can be grown against a south or west facing wall in very cold areas. Prune back frost-damaged plants in spring. Rosemary likes sun and fertile well drained soil. It 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 herbs after flowering to strength 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 was it used in cooking but also medicinally as it is rich in volatile oil, lavonoids and phenolic acids which are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Common Name: Rosemary
Latin name: Rosmarinus officianalis
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
A Symbol of Friendship, Loyalty and Remembrance. Tradionally carried by a bride at her wedding and by mourners at funerals! Greek scholars wore garland of Rosemary to improve their concentration when sitting exams! Wish I had known that when I was at school!
Constancy, Fidelity & Love, Enduring love, Devotion & Memory, Your presence revives me are all charming snippets of symbolism.
Rosemary is the Herb of Aries. So a lovely present for someone born under this sign.
Gender – Masculine, Planet – Sun, Element – Fire.
Powers – Protection, Love, lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purifaction, Healing, Sleep, and Youth.