Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘Spice Island’ Rosemary

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If you are looking for a versatile herb that can add flavor, fragrance, and beauty to your garden and kitchen, you might want to consider Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Spice Island’ Rosemary. This is a cultivar of the common rosemary plant that has a stronger and more aromatic flavor than other varieties. It is also a stunning ornamental plant that produces abundant blue flowers in spring and summer.

Botanical Name
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Spice Island’
Plant Type
Perennial herb
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
Flowering
Provides ornamental blue blooms
Seasonal Features
Evergreen foliage ensures year-round interest
Toxicity
Non-toxic to humans and pets
  • Boasts stiff, upright stems adorned with very aromatic, dark green leaves.
  • Its soft blue flowers add elegance to garden beds and borders.
  • Propagation can be achieved through division in spring and by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
  • Low-maintenance and undemanding, it requires minimal pruning. Prune lightly to maintain its shape and encourage dense foliage growth.
  • The leaves are excellent for flavoring dishes, both fresh and dried.
  • As a culinary herb, it has a strong and spicy flavor that can enhance the taste of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, breads, soups, and sauces.
  • Ideal for low hedges, herb gardens, and waterwise landscapes.
  • Drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and attractive to pollinators
  • Generally not invasive or harmful to the environment. However, it may compete with native plants for space and resources if planted in natural areas.
  • Relatively pest- and disease-resistant. Keep an eye out for aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, spider mites, powdery mildew, or root rots.

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