rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- This is part of Pollinators
- When to observe: Year-round
- What to observe: Bee count
- Where to observe:
The leaves may be used in fresh or dry format in cooking, as a spice. They can be used in the creation of vinegar. They also may be used a potpourri drawers and closets. Oil can be made from this plant, which can be incorporated into soaps, fragrances, and other toiletries. It is very useful in aromatherapy.
The Rosemary plant is a green plant with a bloom of pale blue or white. It has a short bloom season of one month or so from June until July. It has showy, needle-like leaves, two-lipped, which grow to 1.5 inches. They are tightly clustered.
While there are no serious insect or disease problems, since it does thrive in moist conditions, the planter must be attentive to powdery mildew and botrytis. The Rosemary plant is susceptible to root rot, and the indoor variety is susceptible to spider mites, mealy bugs, and aphids. The Rosemary plant does not do well in clay soils, and poorly drained soils can be fatal to its existence. Prefers full sunshine and flourishes when cut.