Rosmarinus (or more commonly Rosemary) is commonly used in cooking both as a fresh or dried herb. Its strong scent is easily recognised when brushing past in the garden or when pruning.
The shrub is evergreen, and absolutely requires full sun to produce the flowers which appear repeatedly from Spring through to Autumn. The plant will still grow in part shade however flowering will usually not occur.
They grow in any soil that is well-drained and in any exposure, however poor soil is the best as this closely matches the conditions in the Mediterranean.
Given chance, the plant can reach a height of two and a half metres after ten years, however the bottom branches can become bare and straggly if pruning is not undertaken.