Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Common Name: Prostrate Rosemary  
Plant photo of: Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover, Herb


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

The 'Prostratus' grows to a height of 2'-3' with a spread to 8'. Its flowers are pale, lavender-blue in color, and the leaves are needle-like with a dark, blue-green color. This plant makes a good ground cover, and its leaves can be used as seasoning in cooking. Bloomtime is winter and spring, but also intermittently throughout the year. This ground cover like full sun and well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.