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12 Different Types of Rosemary Plants (With Pictures)

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Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs because you can use it in many perfumes, candles, foods, and more. It is a popular herb for amateur gardeners specifically because it can be grown in zones 7 through 10 and indoor conditions. Plus, rosemary has a beautiful appearance that looks great in any garden.

A lot of people don’t realize that there are different types of rosemary plants. You must select the right rosemary plant based on your own home and skill level to ensure that it is the right plan for you.

To learn about the most popular types of rosemary plants, keep reading. This article gives a brief overview of the different types of rosemary plants available.

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The 12 Types of Rosemary Plants

There are dozens of rosemary varieties around the world. Below, you will find the 12 most popular types of rosemary plants. These plants are a great place to start if you want to start growing rosemary in your home or garden.

1. Arp Rosemary

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Arp Rosemary is a very cold-climate hardy variety. It has an upright growth pattern with incredibly aromatic needles. It has a delicious flavor and smell for culinary use, but its large size makes it great for gardens, too.

2. Benenden Blue Rosemary

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Benenden blue rosemary has needle-like leaves that have beautiful golden flecks. This rosemary variety grows upright and can reach 2 feet tall, but it has an equal width. In the spring, it boasts beautiful pale blue flowers.

3. Barbeque Rosemary

Barbeque rosemary is often used for cooking purposes. It has a delicious flavor and aroma, but its stems make it perfect for cooking. It has straight stems that fit perfectly of skewers for barbequing, hence its name.

4. Blue Boy Rosemary

Blue boy rosemary is ideal for compact spaces. It only grows a couple of inches tall, making it a perfect choice for small ground cover or container growth. It is ideal for hardiness zones 8 through 10, and the soil pH level should be between 6.5 and 8.5. This variety doesn’t need much water either.

5. Common Rosemary

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As you would figure, common rosemary is one of the most common types of rosemary. It grows to be between 2–4 feet tall. It needs dry soil with good drainage and direct sunlight exposure. Common rosemary is best for cooking purposes.

6. Majorca Pink Rosemary

Majorca pink rosemary is one of the most unique varieties of rosemary. Whereas most blooms on rosemary plants are light blue, these blooms are a pinkish or lavender color. They bloom in both spring and summer.

7. Prostrate Rosemary

Prostrate rosemary is a favorite among indoor growers because it grows perfectly in hanging baskets. This creeping variety can also grow on the ground. It will typically grow to be 3 feet tall but have a spread between 4–8 feet. The prostrate rosemary needs a bit more warmth than other varieties.

8. Roman Beauty Rosemary

Roman beauty rosemary is a Mediterranean variety with arching stems. It is a favorite among gardeners because its wild stems can overflow over walls, rocks, and containers. Whenever they flower in the spring, the flowers are also a gorgeous lavender-blue color.

9. Salem Rosemary

Salem rosemary grows upright, allowing it to work as both a hedge and an ornament. It typically grows 1–3 feet tall with a 1–3 feet spread. This variety needs direct sunlight exposure and moderate moisture levels.

10. Spice Island Rosemary

Spice island rosemary is a great topiary choice. It grows to be between 2–3 feet tall. What makes spice island rosemary so great is that it is easy to trim to fit the shape of your specific topiary garden. This rosemary type has a very intense flavor, so only use it sparingly in meals.

11. Taurentius Rosemary

Taurentius rosemary is often used for cooking purposes because it has a high heat and salt tolerance. This makes it delicious to pair with fresh meals and treats.

12. Tuscan Blue Rosemary

Hands down, the best rosemary variety for topiaries is the Tuscan blue. It has deep foliage that can be sheared into any shape. It’s also highly fragrant and can even be used for cooking purposes.

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What Is the Most Popular Rosemary Plant?

The most popular type of rosemary plant depends on the intended use of the plant. After all, rosemary plants used for cooking are different from those used for topiaries.

Still, most people grow rosemary for cooking purposes. The most popular rosemary types for cooking are upright because they have a higher oil content, resulting in more flavors and aroma. Beneden blue, Tuscan blue, and common rosemary are most popular for cooking.

In comparison, rosemary used for gardening or aesthetic purposes is horizontally shaped. Although these types of growth can be used for cooking, they are preferred for gardening purposes since they can cover more space and don’t produce as much oil. Tuscan blue and spice island rosemary are great for gardening and topiaries.

Note that Tuscan blue rosemary is great for both purposes. If you can’t decide on a rosemary variety, Tuscan Blue might be a great place to start as a result.

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Even though we covered quite a few rosemary varieties, these are far from being the only rosemary varieties out there. Still, these 12 rosemary types are a great place to start since they are the most common for cooking and gardening purposes.

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