Rosemary McConnell’s blue
Great looking plants.
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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.
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At least one variety of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is absolutely essential in a culinary herb garden. Rosemary 'McConnell's Blue' is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen leaves which on this variety roll backwards, but unlike most Rosemary's it is fairly low growing to a maximum height of 40cm and a spread of 90cm making it good for ground cover. Rosemary 'McConnell's Blue' has a profusion of pale blue spring /summer flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region, and as such, prefers a light, sandy soil, which will fully satisfy its meager feeding needs. Having said that, rosemary is tolerant of most soil conditions as long as they are not water-logged. True to its origins, Rosemary prefers sunny and sheltered conditions. It will stand frosts if conditions are not windy and wet as well.
If left un-pruned Rosemary can become straggly and untidy so should be pruned after flowering to keep it compact. As a guide, prune after the first main flush of flowers. Regular picking of the leaves especially the tips of the branches for cooking acts as an ongoing pruning regime and helps keep the plant bushy and compact.
The leaves of Rosmarinus officinalis 'McConnell's Blue' are extremely aromatic, and can be finely chopped and used to flavour a variety of dishes, especially stuffing. Many cooks simply cut sprigs of rosemary and place with roasted meats, especially lamb, pork, chicken and turkey. Beautiful when chopped and added to roasting potatoes, and great in tomato based sauces. The leaves can also be made into a tea to aid digestion. The leaves can be dried to add to dishes too. You can use the leaves in an infusion for bath water too to aid relaxation of muscles whilst stimulating the mind. It is, of course, distilled into an essential oil too and added to many cosmetic products. The Rosemary herb plant is said to help memory and indeed in the language of flowers it is used to denote remembrance. It is said also to prolong life!
Our potted Rosemary 'McConnell's Blue' herb plants are generally available to buy online all year round.
|Salvia rosmarinus 'McConnell's Blue' (Rosemary 'McConnell's Blue') Herb Plant|
|Aspect/Site||Full sun/Partial shade|
|Soil Type||Free draining soil|
|Latin Name||Rosmarinus officinalis 'McConnell's Blue'|
|Hardiness||RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter|
|Culinary||Meat & Poultry|
|Special Features||Ground Cover|
|Type of Garden||Formal|
Great looking plants.
A nice addition to one of my borders - nice sturdy plant