Upright woody herb with blue flowers in late winter and spring, loved by bees. Culinary herb with many medicinal uses. The plant, especially the flower tops, contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, and α-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
Many sources document rosemary’s effect on improving memory, slightly fewer mention its ability to attract lovers, and repel nightmares! A lovely children’s herb for this folklore reason but also due to its lingering scent, and its ability to take quite a battering from constant harvest for teas and ‘potions’.
The woody stems can also be used as skewers on the BBQ to impart flavour. Very drought tolerant. Full sun. Height to 2m. Certified organic plant.