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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    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

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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