|Scientific Name:||Salvia rosmarinus|
There are many popular rosemary varieties that will give you a slightly different scent and flavor. Here are a few of the best:
Irene grows to be about 18 inches tall but can spread out, covering the ground. In fact, it can cover up to 2 to 3 feet per year.
The Boule variety grows up to three feet tall and up to three feet wide. It grows in a ball-type shape that forms a neat dome.
If you are looking for a smaller variety, try the blue boy. It grows slowly and produces little leaves. It will also cover the ground if given enough time.
Joyce de Baggio
Also known as the golden rosemary plant, this variety is goldish in color and will change with the seasons.
The Salem variety will grow up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It is perfect for moist and humid environments.
How to Care for Rosemary
Common Problems with Rosemary
How Does Rosemary Spread?
Rosemary will reproduce and spread through seed, but they have low germination rates. Most gardeners prefer to propagate the plant through cuttings because it is much more reliable and far faster. The process is simple enough, taking healthy cuttings from a plant and placing them in well-draining potting medium.
Companion Plants to Rosemary
The following plants can often grow alongside rosemary and may compliment the plant (depending on the variety you have):
Kale, known as Brassica oleracea, is a popular edible plant that is grown in many vegetable gardens. This loose-leafed plant will typically grow bluish-green, but can also come in varieties of purple, red, or green. The plant is a cousin of cabbage and contains many nutrients and vitamins. Not only is it full of fiber, but it contains calcium, antioxidants, iron, and vitamins C and K. Kale is often consumed by people who are working toward living a healthy lifestyle. It is a bit chewy but is also very tender.
Oregano is a hardy, perennial herb Today, there are over 100 different species of oregano worldwide that plants similar characteristics including attractive foliage, aromatic leaves, and beautiful rose-purple or white blooms. Oregano prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It will tolerate drought conditions provided its roots remain moist. Like other members of the Lamiaceae family, oregano thrives in hot weather. Oregano is often used in many tomato-centric recipes and is the main ingredient in both pizza and pasta sauce.
Broccoli belongs to the mustard family. The head is actually an inflorescence. The head forms from a central cluster of flowers. The flower cluster arises from an elongated, thickened, fleshy axis or main stem. This stem swells as the plant mature. The individual flowers are small and pale yellow-green in color. While growing, make sure to keep the plant well-watered and fertilized. This edible plant is full of healthy nutrients and vitamins, including both vitamin C and K. It is popular in many dishes including stir fry.
Pumpkins are squash that belongs to the same family as cucumbers, zucchinis, and other melons. Their seeds are edible and are commonly roasted and eaten as a snack. . While commercial pumpkins are mainly used for decoration (especially at Halloween), there are many culinary dishes that are perfect for this delicious fruit. They are eaten sliced, whole, cooked with other ingredients, or by themselves. The stem is also edible. It is cooked as a vegetable or as a thickener for soups and stews and is also used as a medicinal herb and to make dyes.
Plants that are Similar to Rosemary
The following plants are similar to rosemary in some way. Read on to learn what other plants you can grow:
Known as one of the key ingredients in many Italian dishes, basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow at home. While it can be difficult to grow it indoors as it requires plenty of light, you can grow and harvest it throughout the spring and summer, harvesting it frequently. The green leaves of the plant are oval-shaped and tend to cup downward on the edges. Part of the mint family, basil can grow to between 12 to 24 inches high, but are often pinched down in order to spread out and produce more of the aromatic leaves.
Lavender is a well-known and loved perennial herb that produces long stems with delicate buds and blooms. While the foliage can range in color from bright green to grey, the flowers are typically light purple but can come in other colors. They emit a floral scent that many people find calming. In fact, lavender is often used as a home remedy for sleep or stress relief. Lavender is fairly easy to grow and can be harvested up to several times per year (depending on the variety).
Pitcher Sage Overview
Scientifically labeled as Salvia azurea, the pitcher sage is an herb that produces blue flowers that are often used as part of potpourri alongside lavender and other fragrant flowers. The foliage is covered with fuzzy hairs and will release its scent when crushed. Pitcher sage is perfect for gardeners who want a flowering plant in a shaded portion of their garden. In the right environment, the plant can grow between 3 and 5 feet tall and about 3 and 6 feet wide. The plant can attract hummingbirds into your garden, making it ideal for bird-lovers.
Thyme is a small, woody herb that is characterized by thin, narrow leaves and small flowers (which are usually white to pink in color) that are in the shape of a cone. The leaves can be anywhere from 1/2 to 2 inches long. The leaves are sometimes rough to the touch but are generally thin and brittle. The flowers are arranged in groups around the stem of the plant and are generally small in size. Thyme looks very similar to oregano, but it is smaller in plant size, has very soft leaves with almost no fuzz, and has a different scent.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Large will Rosemary Grow?
Rosemary plants can grow up to 3 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. In warmer environments, they can grow to be much larger – up to 6 feet high and 8 feet wide.
Is Rosemary Toxic or Bad for Pets?
Rosemary is mildly toxic to cats and dogs, but it isn’t usually a concern because they’ll have to eat an awful lot of it to see any harmful effects. Rosemary is not poisonous to birds. Rosemary is a perennial herb that does not contain any thorns or spines, so there’s no danger of getting scratched by it. Nevertheless, be mindful you or your pets might accidentally ingest it.
What Kind of Container Do You Need for Rosemary?
Rosemary should be planted in a well-draining container that is large enough for the plant and for its root system. The roots will become crowded very quickly, so it is a good idea to transplant it into a larger pot periodically.