Rosemary (Rosemarinus Officinalis) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 7-11
Rosemary is one of those wonderful herbs that makes a beautiful ornamental plant as well as a versatile culinary seasoning. Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, means "dew of the sea," and rosemary is most closely associated with the cooking of the Mediterranean region. An easy to grow perennial herb that enhances many foods including breads, vegetables and meats. It is also attractive and great to use for landscaping. Grow Rosemary from herb seeds to create a lovely garden or container herb plant that is highly resistant to deer, drought and pests. This tough little garden gem is one of the most ornamental plants for the herb garden. In summer, deep blue-violet flowers arise in great masses, and the rich color stays true even in the hottest days, refusing to bleach or fade. Rosemary herb plants are very attractive to beneficial insects and attract pollinators to the garden. Rosemary can also be kept in a container to be brought indoors during the winter. Rosemary plants can be shaped and manicured to promote a more attractive, compact addition to your herb garden or container.
Rosemary is not only known for its taste and smell; it is also renowned for the many health benefits it possesses. A good source of iron, calcium and vitamins A, C, and B-6, rosemary has been used for its medicinal purposes for centuries. Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Rosemary is considered a cognitive stimulant and can help improve memory performance and quality. It is also known to boost alertness, intelligence, and focus.
The aroma of rosemary has been linked to improving mood, clearing the mind, and relieving stress in those with chronic anxiety or stress hormone imbalances.
Some gardeners soak the Rosemary seeds before sowing to help prime the seed. Sow the herb seeds on the surface of the soil (indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost) or outdoors when temperatures have warmed up. Do not cover the Rosemary seeds as light is needed for germination. For harvesting, flavor is best before plant blooms. Clip leaves and sprigs as needed and use fresh, or dry for later use. Leaves may be frozen as well.
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8
Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Press seed onto surface of soil, do not cover seed
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 12 inches
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