Plant of the week 4.11 – 4.15 ~ Rosemary

Rosemary / Rosmarinus officinalis low water usage plantsPlant of the week 4.11 – 4.15 ~ Rosemary / Rosmarinus officinalis  ~ Rosemary is a Mediterranean evergreen shrub with low water requirements and thrives in full sun. Rosemary has an abundance of small blue flowers in the summer, and will flower sporadically throughout the year in California.  Its foliage is quite fragrant and is used in both savory and sweet dishes, from chicken fricassee to focaccia to cakes.  It also makes an excellent hair wash!  It is an important bee plant, providing pollen for many months. 

There are two basic types:  upright and prostrate, providing both groundcover and shrub possibilities.  Natural pruning is recommended, do not sheer into boxes or balls. It can be hard pruned in winter if necessary to manage size. Rosemary is found in both commercial and residential landscapes and is quite hardy. 

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