Rosmarinus officinalis ‘SpiceIsland’: Rosemary

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. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which includes many other herbs. The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” [ros] and “sea” [marinus], or “dew of the sea”.

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Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock needles. The leaves are used as a flavoring in foods. It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia, but is reasonably hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. The leaves are evergreen, green above, and white below, with dense, short, woolly hair.

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The plant flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates, but the plants can be in constant bloom in warm climates; flowers are white, pink, purple or deep blue.

Photos: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA.[20130901]

Source: Wikipedia

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