Native of the Mediterranean, growing well by the sea, in full sun on a variety of well-drained soils. Used as a culinary herb, but also in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Normally an erect, bushy shrub, with dark green, narrow evergreen leaves, silvery white underneath, but this is hidden as the leaves are rolled inwards, part of a mechanism to reduce water loss. Flowers normally blue to white, normally in spring, but can be flowering sporadically throughout the year. Many cultivated forms are available, included some lower growing, prostrate shapes, enhanced flower colours, including pink flowered, larger leaved, different scents, like ginger in S. rosmarinus 'Green Ginger'
All Rosmarinus have now been renamed under Salvia.