Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Salem’


Outstanding Qualities

This native of the Mediterranean region has been cultivated in gardens for centuries, and for a number of very good reasons! Rosemary is a handsome evergreen shrub with slender, somewhat rolled, needle-like, grey-green leaves. As early as January, depending on the weather and the clone, its branches are sprinkled with small blue flowers. This makes it an ideal shrub for a shrub border or a mixed border, combined with bulbs and perennials. This plant is rich in aromatic oils and is commonly used as a culinary herb. It takes shearing well, making it adaptable to use as a hedge. Its fragrant branches can be used for dried arrangements or in cut flower bouquets. Individual branches of most rosemaries are held upright at various heights, creating a tight but interestingly irregular habit. Outstanding in all seasons - as well as the kitchen - rosemaries deserve a place in every sunny garden. 'Salem' is a favorite for its compact size, growing 18 to 24 inches high and wide in ten years, and its dark blue flowers.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, pink, variegated, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, purple

Culture Notes
Rosmarinus officinalis and its cultivars are best grown in well-drained or sandy soil with little fertilizer. Provide a location in full sun and once established this rosemary is very drought tolerant. Light pruning in early spring will help to maintain symmetry or increase compactness, but is not necessary.