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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
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common name: Rosemary
synonyms: Rosmarinus repens
shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Prostrate form which will trail over slopes and walls. Pale blue flowers from spring to early summer. Not very hardy.
Thrives in very well drained, poor soils, preferably neutral to alkaline, in full sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Best to cut back regularly in spring to retain a bushy shape and prevent the plant becoming leggy. Can be damaged by severe winters in cold areas.
Good for trailing down the side of sunny banks or retaining walls or as ground cover in gravel or rock gardens.
Traditionally rosemary is used as a culinary herb, but also makes an attractive ornamental shrub for hot, dry positions such as a Mediterranean style garden.
Grows successfully in warm seaside locations in the South West of Britain.