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Prostrate Rosemary, Creeping Rosemary 'Prostratus'

Rosmarinus officinalis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosmarinus (rose-ma-REE-nus) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Prostratus
Synonym:Rosmarinus eriocalyx
Synonym:Rosmarinus lavandulaceus





Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Light Blue


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By simple layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Ohatchee, Alabama

Goodyear, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Sedona, Arizona

Acton, California

Arroyo Grande, California

Beverly Hills, California

Brea, California (2 reports)

Clayton, California

Encinitas, California

Groveland-big Oak Flat, California

Irvine, California

Lakeside, California

North Fork, California

Rancho Cucamonga, California

San Clemente, California

Vista, California

Winchester, California

Yucaipa, California

Lady Lake, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Shalimar, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Galliano, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ashland, Oregon

Gold Hill, Oregon

Souderton, Pennsylvania

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Okatie, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Blanco, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Bulverde, Texas

Garland, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

Irving, Texas

Montgomery, Texas (2 reports)

New Braunfels, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Sanger, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Saint George, Utah

Petersburg, Virginia

Artondale, Washington

Langley, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 1, 2012, sqwashbuckler from Yucaipa, CA wrote:


One thing that I found is very cool about rosemary is the fact that even an older plant is easy to dig up since the roots are shallow for the most part.

There are relatively few thick roots but even the stronger roots are near the top making it easier to move if you decide to do so.


On Jun 7, 2011, goody29 from Timaru
New Zealand wrote:

I just wanted to let the other plant lovers and growers know, that Rosmarinus Lavandulacea is an excellent ground cover even here in Wintery South Island New Zealand.

To begin with, (I am new to many plants), I was not sure it if was related to the Lavender family or Rosemary family. Well I used a small amount when I was cooking some Mutton and oh boy what a taste. I too love the beautiful odor that exudes from it when you brush your hands among it. I am in the process of propagating some for my friends so they too can enjoy this exquisite ground cover. Thanks


On Jan 29, 2011, HappyGardenerWI from Eau Claire WI & The Villages FL, WI (Zone 9a) wrote:

Prostrate rosemary is one of the few perennials blooming - lovely light blue blossoms on gray-green plants - in January & February in central Florida (zone 9A), in part shade, after weeks of below freezing nights that have turned lots of other plants brown. I prune the plant several times a year to keep it in bounds at the curve in my front walk. Visitors love it - so do the busy bees.


On Sep 7, 2010, suentommy from Souderton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have been growing this plant over rock walls of a fish pond for almost twenty years. I never knew it wasn't hardy here until someone was surprised to see it growing in the winter when I went out to pick some for use in a dinner I was making. It has done fine here. I can't even think of any dieback issues. The pond is located near my house and is surrounded by a large bluestone patio that I guess holds in the suns heat. This plant trails down the side of the rock walls until it is met by vinca major plants growing below it. It flowers nicely. It smells wonderful and is great for cooking. Nothing seems to bother it. Bees fly around it. This and the lavender I grow all over are two of the easiest and most rewarding plants I have. Others should try it that are in cooler zones. It ... read more


On Mar 7, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this plant but would describe it as a slow grower. Low maintenance.
Edited in Apr 2011 to say it is NOT a slow grower! It has done wonderfully in a pot, full sun. I will post a view showing how much it has grown since my first pic in Mar 2010.


On Nov 4, 2008, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I cook with a great deal of rosemary and actually thought I was going to loose this plant after the first year. I cut back all that was usable and left the roots intact, and the next year thisplant came back out and is now quite a speciment plant in the herb garden I have built. It amazes everyone who visits with its 8 to 9 months of blooming, evergreen and wonderfully scented foilage. I have given away a few volunteer starts from this plant, and all have been as hardy as this one. Deer do not eat thisplant and I do see quite a number of bees through out the summer, this is a perfect plant for dry planting and also great in pots and coco lined containers. I actually encourage folks to use this herb in their landscaping as a small shrub instead of junipers. Folks love to see these p... read more


On Nov 14, 2007, Dedda from Petersburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Planted this in the driest & sunniest corner of our house 3 years ago, small 12 inch plant, it is now a large shrub and spreading :) .Blooms for me 2 x a year mid winter and early summer.The key to overwintering is to keep it very dry.
Large sprigs can be used in place of cabob sticks, add wonderful flavor. I trim the shrub twice a year as she likes to spread into other plants territory(my fault) planted too much stuff in a small space.Give her room!
I love the smell.


On Oct 16, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows great in just about any kind of soil. I never water it and we had a bad drought this year... it still kept going.


On Feb 1, 2004, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I have a six year old prostrate rosemary growing in a large clay container that is intensely fragrant every time it is touched. It grew for several years in the ground in an Atlanta suburb, zone 7b, but when I moved to Florida it had to go into a large decorative clay pot, and it has done so well in the pot that I have decided not to plant it into the ground here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, as I believe it will get better drainage by staying in the pot. We had almost 100 inches of rain last year, so rot is a concern.

While this plant is beautiful, cascading down out of its large container, it has never bloomed. Does it need a lot of sun to bloom, even in Florida? It was and is now in part shade.


On Jan 12, 2004, francesinTX from Montgomery, TX wrote:

I fell in love with this plant after seeing it cascading over a rock wall in San Antonio, TX. I live in a wetter area so I tried growing it to see if it would do here. Success! It rooted easily from a cutting and has thrived here in my raised bed. I have also seen it in the Harris Co. area in raised beds. It was full and draping in a delightful way over the edging to complete a landscaped herb garden.


On Sep 15, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Although this is called prostrate rosemary it will become about 18-24" tall even with shearing. As young plants the branches hug the ground and make a great groundcover. As the plants mature the become very woody and the new growth uses the thick woody stems to climb on.

Extremely hardy, spreads by runners or branches self rooting as they touch the soil. Prolific bloomer if sheared a couple times a year.