Common Name: rosemary
Origin/Ecology: Native to Mediterranean region.
Habit: Cultivated plants vary in habit from strongly upright to more or less prostrate.
Leaves: Decussate leaves are more or less linear, with a central midrib impressed above and the margins recurved, dark green above and grey-white beneath.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Flowers small, usually blue.
Water Use, Soil: Alkaline, well-drained, rocky or gravelly or dry.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Attract butterflies, containers, dryland (no watering), fragrance, ground cover, herb, mixed shrub border, perennial border, rock garden, topiary.
Limitations: Majority of named cultivars available in nurseries and garden centres are of doubtful cold-hardiness, most of them selected for form, flower colour or overall performance in warmer climates.