Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘Madeline Hill’ Rosemary

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Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Madeline Hill’ Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub that belongs to the Lamiaceae family, along with other herbs such as mint, basil, and lavender. This rosemary is one of the most cold-hardy and heat-tolerant varieties of rosemary, making it suitable for a wide range of climates. It also has a rich flavor and a pleasant scent that can enhance your culinary and aromatherapy experiences.

Botanical Name
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Madeline Hill’
Plant Type
Compact, upright evergreen shrub
Family
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Height
Reaches 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) tall and 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) wide
Foliage
Dark green, short needle-like leaves emit a delightful fragrance
Bloom Time
Clusters of small blue, tubular flowers appear from summer through fall
Climate
Thrives in temperate and subtropical regions
Sun Exposure
Flourishes in full sun; tolerates light shade
Soil Requirements
Well-draining soil, including chalk, loam, or sand
Hardiness Zones
Suited for zones 8 to 10
Seasonal Features
Evergreen foliage ensures year-round interest
Special Features
Drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and attractive to pollinators
Toxicity
Non-toxic to humans and pets
  • The leaves are excellent for cooking and can be used fresh or dried to flavor dishes.
  • Great candidate for low hedges, herb gardens, and waterwise gardens.
  • No serious issues, but keep an eye out for aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, spider mites, powdery mildew, or root rots.
  • Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are drawn to its flowers, while deer dislike its strong scent.
  • Divide in spring or use semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
  • Hardiness Zones: Suitable for zones 8-10.
  • Perfect for Mediterranean, informal cottages, gravel and rock gardens, coastal gardens, and city courtyards.
  • Consider pairing it with Euphorbia characias subsp, wulfenii (Mediterranean Spurge), or Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican Daisy).

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