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Rosmarinus officinalis - Plant

Rosmarinus officinalis - Plant
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Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region.

Common name: rosemary
Color: Pale blue to white
Bloom time: June to July
Height: 2.00 to 6.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Snip about a 2 inch cutting from the soft, new growth of an established plant. Remove the leaves from the bottom inch and dip that tip into a rooting hormone. Rooting hormones can be found in any garden center.
Place the container in a warm spot with indirect sunlight. Mist the cuttings daily and make sure the soil does not dry out. In about 2-3 weeks, test for root growth by very gently tugging on the cuttings.

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Dry to medium

Temprature: 20-30C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • If you live in a frost free area, you can grow rosemary in the ground year round.
  • Provide a sandy, well draining soil and 6-8 hours of full sunlight.

  • Rosemary is not a heavy feeder, but fertilizing in spring with a fish/kelp emulsion will get it off to a good start for the season.
  • Periodic foliar sprays with the emulsion will keep it looking great.


Special Feature:
Where winter hardy, grow in herb gardens, borders or foundations. Ornamental specimen or low hedge. Container plants are attractive additions to patios, decks and other sunny areas around the home.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Unverified information Rosemary contains the antioxidants carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid, and other bioactive compounds including camphor, caffeic acid, ursolic acid, betulinic acid, rosmaridiphenol, and rosmanol.
  • Some of these may be useful in preventing or treating cancers, strokes, and Alzheimer s Disease.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

Reference:
http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetablepatch/a/Rosemary.htm http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b968

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