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Spice Islands Rosemary*

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Spice Islands'

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Spice Islands Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Spice Islands') at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Spice Islands Rosemary

Spice Islands Rosemary

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Spice Islands Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Spice Islands') at Peck's Green Thumb Nursery

Spice Islands Rosemary foliage

Spice Islands Rosemary foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

Named after the Spice Islands, this is a pretty plant, with narrow deep green foliage with grey undersides and blue flowers in spring on an upright form; leaves are very flavorful for cooking and as a garnish, wonderful to grow in a container

Edible Qualities

Spice Islands Rosemary is an annual herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant narrow dark green leaves with curious gray undersides are usually harvested from early to mid summer. The leaves have a sharp taste and a pungent fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning

Planting & Growing

Spice Islands Rosemary will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Spice Islands Rosemary is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.