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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'

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The Tuscan Blue variety of Rosemary has wider than average, extremely aromatic leaves. It is an tall, erect shrub with bright blue flowers and green foliage. A favourite with chefs. Tuscan Blue boasts strong, lush stems that are easy to prune and shape into hedges or as decorative features.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Leaves and flowers can be harvested throughout the year. Harveste stems rather than individual leaves, in the morning. Cut back to stimulate new growth. To dry, hang bunches of branches upside down in a ventilated area.

Propagation

Cuttings
Easiest method. Plant cuttings in sand or potting medium. Cuttings from stem tips will also root when placed in water. To grow a hedge, plant 90cm apart.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including butterflies and bees.
Repels harmful insects
Repels cabbage worm, snails and carrot flies. An extract mixed with soapy water makes a good spray against insect pests. Stems buried in the ground will keep cutworms away from young seedlings.
Pot plant
A clay pot that dries out quickly will suit rosemary well.
Hedge plant
You can plant a rosemary hedge around your vegetable patch. Reacts well to pruning and makes an ornamental short hedge.
Drought resistant
Once established it is a very hardy.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Mediterranean
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Sand, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Rosemary is used in aromatherapy to relieve cold symptoms. Reputedly improves one's memory, circulation and digestion. Posesses antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant elements. Remedy for dandruff.
Edible
The strong-flavoured leaves, fresh or drired, are used in many culinary dishes. It works well with lamb and vegetables, cheese and eggs. Rigid stems are ideal kebab sticks. It is also used to make flavored syrup.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Blue
Scent
Mild

Problems

Few problems. Powdery mildew may occur if plants are not ventilated enough.
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

Companion plants

When considering rosemary companion planting, the best companion plant is broccoli as both plants benefit from being planted together. Planting rosemary nearby will also help your beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and hot peppers to flourish. The only herb we found that would benefit from rosemary companion planting was sage. Planting carrots, potatoes and pumpkins near rosemary is not advised as they make for poor companions.

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