Rosmarinus officinalis
Common name: 
Rosemary
Pronunciation: 
ros-ma-RI-nus o-fis-i-NA-lis
Family: 
Lamiaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Herbaceous evergreen shrublet, 2-6 ft (0.6-1.8 m), irregular shape.   Leaves opposite, linear, narrow (2-5 cm long, 1.5-3 mm wide), dark green above white-tomentose below, aromatic.  Flowers light blue, 13 mm long, borne in leaf axil from fall to spring. Fruit is a small, brown nutlet.
  • Sun.  Easily grown, withstand drought and salt.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7       Native to Southern Europe, Asia Minor.  Several cultivars.
  • officinalis: sold as a herb, used in medicine.    This is the rosemary used in cooking.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: Cordley Hall, west side of south wing and east side.
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  • hedge, winter

    hedge, winter

  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • plant habit, spring and summer

    plant habit, spring and summer

  • erect plant habit, flowering

    erect plant habit, flowering

  • trailing plant habit, flowering

    trailing plant habit, flowering

  • leaves

    leaves

  • flowers and leaves

    flowers and leaves

  • flower and leaves

    flower and leaves