Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’, Mint Family ( Labiatae/Lamiaceae ), Trailing Rosemary. Also called Creeping Rosemary.
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Rosemary is an evergreen woody shrub with aromatic, needle-like leaves and gray, scaly bark. It makes an excellent groundcover.
Rosemary is known as the herb of friendship and love. It has has been used as a aromatic and medicinal herb for thousands of years. Rosemary is used abundantly in Italian cooking. In the Middle Ages sprigs of rosemary were placed under pillows to ward off evil spirits. Rosemary was carried by brides to promote love and it was used at funerals to insure remembrance of the deceased.
Height: Height about 3 feet. Spreading about 4 – 8 feet.
Flowers: Semi-tubular in shape with an upper lip and a lower lip; the upper lip has two lobes and the lower lip has three lobes. Pale blue color.
Flowering Time: Mid December – April.
Leaves: Pine needle-like leaves, � to 1 � inch long; resinous, aromatic, top is a dark glossy green, lighter underneath.
Found: Native to the Mediterranean, Asia, and North Africa region. The USDA claims it is now native to the USA (CA, NC, OR, SC, TX), USA+ (PR). We see it throughout lower elevations in Arizona as a landscape plant.
Hardiness: We have this plant at Yarnell, Arizona in USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 �C (15 �F). It freezes in the winter, but it is root hardy and comes back in the spring. 4,868 feet elevation.
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