Scientific name

Rosemary is scientifically known as Rosmarinus officinalis.


Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region, but is cultivated in many parts of the world with hot, dry climates. It is found in regions such as southern Europe, North Africa, southwest Asia and parts of North and South America.


It belongs to the family Lamiaceae, which also includes other aromatic herbs such as mint, basil and sage.


Rosemary is a perennial shrub that can grow to heights of 1 to 2 metres. Its leaves are small, linear, dark green on top and silvery underneath, giving it a distinctive appearance. The flowers are small, pale blue or white and have a distinctive scent.


Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region and is found in the wild in sunny, mountainous areas.


Rosemary is widely used in cooking as an aromatic herb. Its leaves have an intense flavour and aroma and are used to season meat, poultry, fish and vegetable dishes. It is also used in the manufacture of rosemary essential oil, which has applications in aromatherapy and skin care due to its stimulating and antiseptic properties. In addition, rosemary is known for its traditional use as a medicinal plant to treat a variety of ailments, although it should be used with caution due to its potency.

Rosemary is also grown in ornamental gardens because of its beauty and fragrance, and its flowers attract pollinators such as bees.