A well known symbol of friendship and remembrance, Rosemary holds a special place in history for Australians and New Zealanders. Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula and was taken home by the soldiers who fought there during World War 1. Today it has connection to ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day and is often planted at memorials and RSL clubs.
A small shrub native to the mediterranean area, Rosemary is an evergreen perennial with a height and spread of around 1m. Most varieties have pale blue flowers which appear in early spring and last until summer, often they will flower again in autumn. The aromatic leaves are dark green and needle-shaped.
Rosemary likes a well drained soil in a sunny position, if growing in cold areas try to plant along side a warm sunny wall. Rosemary should be pruned regularly and the best time is after flowering. Feed once or twice a year with a good organic slow release fertiliser such as Rocket Fuel, use liquid feeds sparingly as these can lead to plenty of lush green growth at the expense of essential oils.
Remembrance Rosemary ( Gallipoli Rosemary)– taken from the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Common Rosemary - Rosemarinus officinalis: 1-1.5 metres tall with highly aromatic foliage used
'Majorca Pink' or ‘Provence Pink’: Pretty pink flowers, to 80cm.
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’: A compact scrambling form of rosemary, grows 30-40cm.