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Huntington Carpet Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'

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Huntington Carpet Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet') at Studley's

Huntington Carpet Rosemary flowers

Huntington Carpet Rosemary flowers

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Huntington Carpet Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet') at Studley's

Huntington Carpet Rosemary foliage

Huntington Carpet Rosemary foliage

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

A dense groundcover variety, with narrow green needle-like foliage and deep blue flowers in spring, on a low spreading form; leaves are a mainstay for cooking and as a garnish; an outstanding display when cascading from walls or planters

Edible Qualities

Huntington Carpet Rosemary is an annual herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant green needle-like leaves are usually harvested from early to mid summer. The leaves have a sharp taste and a pungent fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning

Planting & Growing

Huntington Carpet Rosemary will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Huntington Carpet Rosemary is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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