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Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen shrub which is frequently used in cooking. Its pale blue flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.

Latin Name

Rosmarinus officinalis



Type of Plant

Herbs Herbs
Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

June - July


Fall Fall
Spring Spring
Summer Summer
Winter Winter


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 4'


  • Edible
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Africa, Europe, western Asia


    Rosemary has been a significant herb for centuries and was used in the middle ages for wedding ceremonies.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b

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