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Salem Rosemary

Salem Rosemary

Salem Rosemary

Salem Rosemary

Salem Rosemary

Salem rosemary is one of the upright varieties of rosemary. It is edible but also works well as both a hedge and as an ornamental plant. Growing between 1 and 3 feet tall and 16 to 24 inches wide, it must be planted in full sun and get a moderate amount of moisture. It needs soil that has good drainage.

Salem has a strong flavor for marinades, breads, and pastries. It is easy to grow, being a hybrid with a better tolerance of humid climates than others. It is a perennial in zones 7 through 9, but makes a perfect container plant or annual in colder climates.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 7 to 9


  • 2 to 3 feet apart
  • can be planted closer (18 to 24 inches) to form a hedge


  • 1 inch every 2 weeks


  • prefers well-drained soil
  • erect habit, growing up to 3 feet tall
  • avoid over-watering and over-fertilizing
  • avoid heavy pruning

Do you grow Salem rosemary? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a healthy plant.


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