Bread and olive oil with rosemary is a simple but impressive appetizer.


(Rosemarinus officinalis)
  • Type: Perennial in zones 8 to 10
  • Planting time: Spring, fall
  • Features: Tiny, strongly aromatic and flavorful leaves, blue blooms
  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil: Well drained, on the dry side, pH 6 to 7
  • Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches
  • Plant size: 24 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden use: Herb garden, flower border, containers, low clipped hedge
  • Culinary use: Italian and Mediterranean dishes, vinegars and oils, breads

A native of the Mediterranean region and member of the mint family, rosemary is a lovely, easy-to-grow plant with great culinary and ornamental value. A striking, upright evergreen shrub that is winter-hardy in zones 8 to 10, it fills the air with its fragrance as soon as you brush your hand across the leaves. The key to growing rosemary is a well-drained soil that stays evenly moist at first; as the plant takes root it becomes increasingly drought tolerant. It is also excellent for containers, which lets gardeners in colder climates to bring it indoors in the winter. Unlike most herbs, rosemary has a stronger flavor when fresh than when dried. Cut sprigs anytime for fresh use. Trim it regularly to encourage tender new stems or the plant will get woody.

It’s hard to have too much rosemary. The plant has so many uses that it will be enjoyed all the time. Just a few cut stems will fill a room with fragrance.

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Rosemary is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around but slow to start: The plant is the best rosemary I have ever grown and was a beautiful full plant when I bought it.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exalant Buy!: I love this plant! I have had mine for two years and it is thriving. Excellent for reducing ashma attacks.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I planted my rosemary in mid-March. I live in North Texas where the weather has been pretty erratic. The rosemary had absolutely no problems with any of it. Now it is June and is 3x as big compared to when I first bought it and about 14 inches high. Just used it yesterday on homemade pizzas. It was amazing, and wonderfully fragrant.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The last time I bought Rosemary it was the hardiest plant I ever owned. It outlived all the other herbs in the garden and eventually became a bush. When the time came to remove it we had to use a fire ax to get the thing out. It's a great plant that wont quit (even after you do) and I'm reintroducing it into my revived herb garden. Nicknaming this one "The Beast."
Date published: 2015-04-01
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