February 1, 2023
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' or Creeping Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ or Creeping Rosemary is a low-growing groundcover. It is a woody perennial herb. It has fibrous roots. It is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants.

The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus. The name is derived from Latin “ros” for dew and “marinus” the sea meaning “The Dew of the Sea”. Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ is native to the Mediterranean region.

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ or Creeping Rosemary at Getty Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

This herb is used in cooking for its aromatic needle-like leaves. It is also a pest-control plant due to its aroma. It is drought tolerant. It is pest-resistant. And it is easy to grow.

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ can grow large. It can spread to 2m or 7ft. But it can be controlled by pruning. It flowers in spring and summer and autumn. The flowers are violet or light blue. They are two-lipped and appear on upper leaf axils. Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ or Creeping Rosemary

Grow it in the sun. Plant Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ in loamy, poor, but well-drained soil. It is best to use neutral to alkaline soil. It dislikes clay soils. Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ can tolerate light shade.

Propagate by cuttings. It is rabbit-resistant and deer-resistant. Watch out for brown scale and rosemary leaf beetle.

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ is an astringent it is very aromatic with a slightly bitter taste. It is very common in Italian cuisine and loaves of bread such as Focaccia. It is also used in fragrances and perfumes as well as cleaning products. Rosemary is used in traditional medicine in India.

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ or Creeping Rosemary

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