Rosemary

Fact sheet: Rosemary

Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs. The name rosemary has nothing to do with the rose or the name Mary, but derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which literally means “dew of the sea”, though some think this too may be derived from an earlier name.

The fresh and dried leaves are used frequently in traditional Mediterranean cuisine as an herb; they have a bitter, astringent taste, which complements a wide variety of foods. Rosemary is extremely high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6. Since it is attractive and tolerates some degree of drought, it is also used in landscaping. It is considered easy to grow for beginner gardeners, and is pest-resistant. It is easily pruned into shapes and is sometimes used for topiary. To propogate, start from cuttings rather than from seeds.

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden

Sold at Nassau County Master Gardener Plant Sale