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Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Sea'
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common name: Rosemary
synonyms: Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Seas'
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Dwarf growing with arching branches and narrow grey-green leaves that are somewhat larger than most. Small bright blue flowers from early spring.
Thrives in very well drained, poor soils, preferably neutral to alkaline, in full sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Best to cut back regularly to retain a bushy shape and prevent the plant becoming leggy. Can be damaged by severe winters in cold areas.
Traditionally used as a culinary herb, but also makes an attractive ornamental shrub for hot, dry positions such as a Mediterranean style garden. Can be used as an informal hedge in mild areas.