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Arp Rosemary

Arp Rosemary

Arp Rosemary

Arp Rosemary

Arp Rosemary

Arp is considered the most cold-tolerant rosemary variety, as it can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees F in zones 6 to 10. It is named after a small town in northeast Texas, and became known for its cold hardiness after it survived a particularly harsh winter there.

It grows up to 3 or 4 feet tall and about as wide. It has a stiff upright growth habit and offers a mid-spring bloom of light blue flowers. It is drought tolerant and has the characteristic needle-like leaves that have good flavor for culinary use. It is said to have among the strongest fragrances of rosemary varieties.

Evergreen Arp is well-suited to regular pruning for small topiaries.

Sun Exposure

  • partial to full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 6 to 10


  • 2 to 3 feet apart


  • 1 inch every 2 weeks


  • prefers well-drained soil
  • erect habit, growing up to 4 feet tall
  • more cold tolerant than most varieties
  • snip/prune the tops to encourage side growth

Have you ever grown Arp rosemary? Please tell us about your experiences with Arp rosemary.


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