Late March to December, although some flowers can be found
throughout the year.
It is grown as a culinary and decorative herb throughout
The escape is found scattered throughout most of the
country, but is absent from the North and the far Southwest.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
Rosemary has been cultivated in England as a culinary herb,
and sometimes a hedge, since the 14th century. It is classed
as a neophyte because it did not become an escape until
the late 1960s.
The escape, grows on walls, in cracks in pavements and
on waste ground.
Rosemary is an evergreen, aromatic, woody shrub,
growing up to 2m.
Flowers are white and violet grey, growing in clusters.
Leaves are linear and thick, grey green on top and whitish
below, with a distinct mid-rib.
Stems are woody.
Fresh and dried leaves are used in cooking and are the
source of an essential oil.
Flowers and leaves