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Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary

Common Name: Rosemary

Scientific Name:  Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Primary Uses

Edible Parts: 

  • All three aspects can be consumed raw or cooked 
  • Leaves
    • frequently used as a seasoning
    • dried leaves can be used to brew rosemary or other varieties of tea
  • Flowers
    • this part has a milder flavor  than the leaves and can be used also as seasoning
    • this area of the plant is most commonly used in jams, soups, and pastries 
  • Young Shoots
    • premature rosemary plants can also be consumed though it is lesson common than eating the leaves or flower

Medicinal Uses:

  • beneficial to an individual’s mental health, especially useful for treating anxiety
  • strengthens immune system
    • Rosemary is a common essential oil to use for these ailments

Other Beneficial Uses

  • attracts beneficial insects
  • also repels certain individual
    • used to attract or deter bugs in a variety of different garden guilds

Meaning of Scientific Name: 

  • Ros-dew
  • marinus- sea
    • Rosmarinus- latin for dew of the sea
    • Offiinalis- latin for orgnaism                     

Designing with this Plant

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9

Forest garden layer: herbaceous


Works Cited

Effects of rosemary, thyme and lemongrass oils and theirmajor constituents on detoxifying enzyme activity and insecticidal activity in Trichoplusia ni.Pesticide Biochemistry & Physiology, 1409-16. doi:10.1016/j.pestbp.2017.01.012

Macmillan, A. (2006). Homegrown Healing. Prevention, 58(3), 115-117.(n.d.).

Rosmarinus officinalis - L. Retrieved April 16, 2018, from officinalisTak, J., Jovel, E., & Isman, M. B. (2017).