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Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

rosemary Prostratus Group

Family

Lamiaceae


Rosmarinus are evergreen shrubs with narrow, aromatic leaves and 2-lipped blue flowers borne in small clusters in the leaf axils

Prostratus Group are compact evergreen shrubs of prostrate habit, with linear, aromatic leaves and blue flowers in small axillary clusters in spring and summer, occasionally in autumn

Synonym(s)

  • Rosmarinus corsicus 'Prostratus'
  • Rosmarinus officinalis lavandulaceus
  • Rosmarinus officinalis repens
  • Rosmarinus officinalis 'Corsica Prostratus'
  • Rosmarinus officinalis creeping
  • Rosmarinus officinalis 'Venzano Prostrate'
  • Rosmarinus repens
  • Rosmarinus × lavandulaceus misapplied

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow aromatic, prostrate evergreen shrub. Prefers poor well-drained soil and may be used as ground cover

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Low Maintenance, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants, Wall-side Borders or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

No regular pruning required

Pests

Can get brown scale and rosemary leaf beetle

Diseases

Generally disease free