Species: Rosmarinus officinalis
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An evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary grows to six feet (1.8 m) tall and bears one-inch (2.5-cm) leaves, gray-green above and white below. Clusters of tiny blue flowers grow from between the leaves and stem. Rosemary has long been cultivated for its aromatic leaves, used to season soups, sausages, and other foods. An oil distilled from the leaves is used to make perfumes.
Rosemary is Rosmarinus officinalis of the mint family, Lamiaceae.
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Rosemeary-(Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs.
The name rosemary has nothing to do with the rose or the name Mary, but derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which is from “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus), or “dew of the sea” — apparently because it is frequently found growing near the sea.