Pink Rosemary Plants – Learn About Rosemary With Pink Flowers

Pink Rosemary Plants – Learn About Rosemary With Pink Flowers

By: Amy Grant

Most rosemary plants have blue to purple flowers, but not pink flowering rosemary. Thinking about growing rosemary with pink flowers? Read on for information about growing pink rosemary plants.

Pink Flowering Rosemary Plants

Rosemary(Rosemarinus officinalis) is an aromatic, perennial evergreen shrub that is steeped in history. The ancient Romans and Greeks used rosemary and associated it with love of their deities Eros and Aphrodite. You are likely to love it as well for its delicious flavor, scent and ease of growing.

Rosemary is in the mint family, Labiatae, and is native to the Mediterranean hills, Portugal, and northwestern Spain. While rosemary is primarily used in culinary dishes, in ancient times, the herb was associated with remembrance, memory and fidelity. Roman students wore sprigs of rosemary woven into their hair to improve memory. It was once also woven into a bridal wreath to remind the new couples of their wedding vows. It was even said that just a light touch of rosemary could render one hopelessly in love.

Pink flowering rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis var. roseus) has a semi-weeping habit with typically small, needle-like, resinous leaves. With no pruning, pink flowering rosemary sprawls attractively or it can be tidily pruned. The pale pink blossoms bloom from spring into summer. It may be found under names such as ‘Majorca Pink,’ ‘Majorca,’ ‘Roseus,’ or ‘Roseus-Cozart.’

Growing Pink Rosemary

Pink flowering rosemary, like all rosemary plants, thrives in full sun and is drought tolerant and hardy down to 15 degrees F. (-9 C.). The shrub will grow to about three feet in height depending upon pruning and is hardy to USDA zones 8-11.

This fragrant ornamental has few pest issues, although the usual culprits (aphids, mealybugs, scalesand spider mites) might be attracted to it. Root rot and botrytisare the most common diseases that afflict rosemary, but other than that the plant is susceptible to few diseases. The number one problem resulting in plant decline or even death is overwatering.

Once the plant is established, it requires very little care. Water only when the weather has been extremely dry.

Prune the plant as desired. To harvest for use in food, only take 20% of the growth at any one time and don’t cut into the woody parts of the plant unless you are pruning and shaping it. Cut sprigs in the morning before the plant has flowered for the best flavor. The sprigs can then be dried or the leaves stripped from the woody stem and used fresh.

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New plants are often purchased from garden centers or created from cuttings or division. Rosemary can be started from seed, but it may take a full year to produce enough stems for a good harvest. Germination rates are also notoriously poor, so start a much larger number of seeds than you need.

The common varieties of rosemary can be found in most garden centers in 3 or 4-inch pots. Many popular online brands are now selling on Amazon or Etsy. Here are just a few of them.

Many smaller garden shops also sell herb plants on Etsy. For example, this beautiful Rosemary plant is available from Hirts Gardens.

If you want to give growing from seed a try, Botanical Interests carries Heirloom Rosemary Seeds.

You can buy rosemary seeds or plants from Burpee directly on their website or use the Amazon platform.

1. Rosemary Plant Data

Name :

Rosemary (Botanical name : Rosmarinus officinalis)
Family: Lamiaceae
Common names: Salvia Rosmarinus

The name of ros marinus, the plant’s ancient name is is composed of two Latin words, signifying Sea-dew or dew of the sea and indeed Rosemary thrives best by the sea.

Salvia rosmarinus is now considered one of many hundreds of species in the genus Salvia.

Description :

Rosemary is a strong aromatic evergreen, low shrubby herb plant that can easily be recognised by its aroma and its branches with leaves similar to pine needles. Rosemary is also a very decorative herb. I recommend it for every herb garden for its appearance alone.
The leaves (needles) are evergreen, 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) long and 2–5 mm broad, green above, and white felt below, with dense, short, woolly hair.

Rosemary is a perennial who can last up to 30 years with little care. Therefor, together with its cooking values as a herb, I consider this shrub a must for every herb garden.

Rosemary is usually grown outdoors in the garden but it is also an interesting plant for the balcony, terrace and even indoors. Some rosemary varieties are ideal for planting with other balcony flowers, not only the normal, upright growing rosemary varieties, but also the hanging forms, which go well with other balcony flowers.

Rosemary was also one of the first herbs I started growing and experimenting with in my indoor herb garden.

Mature Size :

Depending on the species, a rosemary bush can reach a height of 0,5 to 2 meters (6 ft), but commonly one meter (3 ft).

A rosemary plant can live as long as 30 years. In nature the older bushes can grow wild as in the picture below.

Bloom period and flower colour:

The rosemary plant flowers in spring and summer (from April to July) in moderate climates, but the plant can be in constant bloom in warm climates.
In the area around the Mediterranean Sea, Rosemary also has a tendency to flower outside its normal flowering season, depending on the temperatures. It has been known to flower as late as early December, and as early as mid-February (in the northern hemisphere).

Flowers are white, pink, purple or deep blue. It can bloom from April to July, with beautiful flower colours varying from white, blue to pink.

Bees collect nectar from the flowers for the exceptional rosemary honey.

Native Area :

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean Sea area and Asia, but is reasonably hardy in cooler climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods.
It thrives in areas close to the sea, hence the origin of it’s name which means “dew from the sea”.

Varieties :

There are a lot of Rosemary varieties, but you can basically divide them between upright varieties and ground cover varieties, in combination with the number of flower colours and the difference in height. To name a few: the fine-leaved, pink and white flowering, and hanging or half-hanging.

When you are growing Rosemary for cooking purposes, it doesn’t matter which variety of rosemary you use. All these species can be used for human consumption.
In this article I will just mention a couple of known varieties.

The original rosemary variety, Rosmarinus officinalis, is an upright variety, growing to about 1m (3ft) tall.

Another popular variety, suitable for small gardens and containers is the dwarf variety Rosemary Prostratus Capri. It is an example of a ground covering variety, also used in window boxes, or garden containers.
It is a winter hardy, fast-growing, prostrate (flat-lying) rosemary plant, which will grow to a height of around 5cm-10 cm (12in- 20in).
This variety is particularly loved because of its beautiful flowers and the dark green needles have a very attractive pine-like scent, are rich in aromatic oils and therefor well appreciated for use in the kitchen.

Andromeda Species, Bog Rosemary, Common Bog Rosemary, Marsh Andromeda

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Andromeda (an-DROM-eh-duh) (Info)
Species: polifolia (po-lee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Andromeda americana
Synonym:Andromeda canadensis
Synonym:Andromeda glaucifolia
Synonym:Andromeda grandiflora
Synonym:Andromeda myrifica


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Requires consistently moist soil do not let dry out between waterings

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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

West Sacramento, California

East Port Orchard, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

On Feb 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a beautiful little evergreen shrub to 2', quite showy in flower. I've often seen it in the wild. Foliage is distinctly bluish.

It's been heavily promoted by the nursery industry here in New England, because it's easy to propagate and produce, and garden centers can't keep them on the shelf when they're in flower. But it rarely lasts long here under ordinary garden conditions.

It's native to the northern US and Canada, as well as northern Europe and Asia. But it grows in cold acid bogs. If you have a cold acid bog, I highly recommend it. I haven't been able to keep it looking good in the garden. Plants deteriorate over time, under ordinary garden conditions here. Boston Z6a

On Jul 13, 2011, Fieldwalker from West Sacramento, CA wrote:

Bought dwarf variety 'Nana' this spring at Lowes - way out of its native region here in hot-summered Sacramento. Planted under two 60' tall redwoods in a shade garden among hellebores and hostas, watered by sprinkler system. It appears to love it here and has doubled in size. The blue gray, almost icy looking leaves are dramatic color in the area of greens and browns. Can't wait to see it mature!

On Sep 27, 2008, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Native to North America, Northern Europe, and Northern Asia

On Oct 18, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted 3 small (6" pot) bog rosemary plants in the moist rock section of one of my gardens in 1998. I've been very patient with these as they were browsed the second winter quite badly by deer. This year (04) is the first year that they've finally grown and filled in as I had planned way back when. The show they put on this spring was worth the wait. I've now learned to cover them with netting - and if we have a good snow cover, we don't have a problem.

Other than protecting them against deer in winter, they need no other care. They are planted in a moist to wet area, receive morning sun but are shaded from the hot afternoon sun. They seem quite happy.

A small evergreen shrub from Northern Europe.

Has leathery, dark green, oblong - linear, alternate leaves. Bears urn shaped, pale pink or white flowers borne in umbels of 2-5 flowers.

Needs moist, acid, humus rich soil in full sun or partial shade. In areas where the summer temperatures soar it will need to be placed in a cool, shady spot. Very hardy little shrub, great for acid, damp woodland gardens.

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