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Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ or Creeping Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ or Creeping Rosemary is a low-growing ground cover. It is a woody perennial herb with fibrous roots that is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus and 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

The herb is used in cooking and for its aromatic needle-like leaves as well it is a pest-control plant for gardens. It is drought tolerant and easy to grow rather pest-resistant. It can grow large, it can spread to 2m or 7ft, yet it can be controlled by pruning. The flowers are violet or light blue, they are two-lipped and appear on upper leaf axils. It produces flowers in spring and summer and autumn. Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

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

Plant Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ in loamy, poor, but well-drained soil in the sun. It is best to use neutral to alkaline conditions, it dislikes clay soils. It could tolerate light shade. Propagate from by cuttings. It is rabbit-resistant and deer-resistant. Watch out for brown scale and rosemary leaf beetle.

The herb is an astringent it is very aromatic with slightly bitter tastes 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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