Rosemary Officinalis - Tuscan Blue
Rosmarinus Officinalis 'Tuscan Blue' (Upright Rosemary) is an erect shrub that grows 4-6 feet tall and spreads 4-5 feet. Bright lavender-blue flowers bloom among the fine, olive green foliage in the winter through spring. Flowers are larger than other varieties. As with other Rosemary, it is resistant to deer and rabbit predation, tolerant to salt spray, alkaline soils and drought. It features dainty spikes of lightly-scented blue flowers at the ends of the branches from early spring to early summer. It has attractive grayish-green foliage. The fragrant needles are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. This is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen woody herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Leaves can be used as a flavorful spice in cooking. Takes to pruning well, but is equally wonderful when left in natural rustic form without pruning.
Rosemary Tuscan Blue prefers full sunlight and thrives in loose, well-drained, and neutral to slightly acidic soils. Water it deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Avoid excess winter moisture. It needs little care; maybe fertilized lightly in spring. It is pruned to maintain the desired shape.
Landscape UsesIt can be used as border, coastal, exposure, container, hedge, kitchen gardening, mass planting and rock gardening.
Water the plants everyday and keep the soil moist. Make sure excess water is drained out. Trim the plants in the summers to keep them in good shape. You can keep the herbs on a kitchen windowsill provided you are getting good sunlight there.
Potted herb plants are sensitive to sun and naturally grow towards the source of sunlight. They might start to lean after some time so make sure to rotate the pot in different direction.
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