Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis


Rosmarinus officinalis is a bushy, aromatic shrub in the mint family with a dense, leafy habit, to 2 m x 2 m but variable in size. Linear dark green leaves 1.5-5 cm long have recurved margins and pale, felty undersides. Flowers usually pale violet-blue and white.

Identification difficulty
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A garden plant that occasionally escapes into the wild, and usually recorded close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowering starts in spring but is often repeated at differing times of year.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but occasional in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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