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Rosemary pictureA common ingredient in culinary dishes, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a perennial herb. It is very woody in texture, and its needle-like evergreen leaves have a very strong fragrance. The Mediterranean is the original home of Rosemary.

The Rosemary plant is actually a member of the Lamiaceae family (mint), along with many other different herbs. It is common to find Rosemary growing by the sea, which is how it got the name "dew of the sea", derived from the Latin word rosmarinus, or 'dew' (ros), and 'sea' (marinus).

Rosemary is considered a good beginner gardening plant, and are especially good to grow in Mediterranean-type weather conditions. As such, there are many cultivars. These rosemary cultivars grow in many different ways, from low trailing plants to tall erect versions. The upright variations can grow to 1.5 m tall, and have grown to 2 m tall, but is rare.

As mentioned, Rosemary leaves are evergreen. They grow to be about 2 - 4 cm long and only a few millimeters wide. They are green coloured on top, but the undersides are more white. Rosemary can also flower, and the plant does so in the late winter or spring. Flowers can be blue, purple, white or pink shaded.

Also check out the Rosemary Classification, and Rosemary Pictures.

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