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Rosmarinus officinalis
Tender perennial
35 to 60 inches high

     Ahhh, lucky are those that live in warm climates where rosemary can grow all season long! This herb is a true treasure and is highly prized by people all around the world. It has an ancient history as a symbol of loyalty and ceremony-hence the phrase "rosemary for remembrance".
     Rosemary is renowned for its many uses-medicinal, cosmetic and decorative, as well as culinary. It is an extremely fragrant herb with a strong taste. A little goes a long way when cooking with it. When used fresh the sprigs can be used whole and placed on or in poultry and other foods. The fresh leaves can also be chopped. Whole dried leaves should be crushed well before use, as they will have the texture of sharp pine needles!
     The commercial grower should choose varieties that are upright rather than sprawling or prostrate types. The upright types take up less room, are easier to harvest and make more attractive bunches and garnish. The best varieties can only be propagated from cuttings.
     Rosemary seed has a low and uneven germination rate and the resulting plant is rather weedy so it is best to buy stock plants. Rosemary is quite tender and will not survive severe winters. Growers living in areas that often have below freezing temperatures in the winter should grow rosemary in containers. The larger the container the larger rosemary will grow. Bring the plant indoors as the weather turns colder. Place them in a south window, if possible. Rosemary likes good air circulation so it is best to give them a spot of their own.

     Rosemary is covered in more detail in Chapter 23 of Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs by Sandie Shores.
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