• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group

Rosemary Prostratus Group

Rosemary Prostratus Group

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Rosemary Prostratus Group

  • Synonyms Rosmarinus corsicus 'Prostratus'
    Rosmarinus lavandulaceus misapplied

    Rosmarinus officinalis lavandulaceus
    Rosmarinus officinalis repens
    Rosmarinus officinalis 'Corsica Prostratus'
    Rosmarinus officinalis creeping
    Rosmarinus officinalis 'Venzano Prostrate'
    Rosmarinus repens

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  • Genus Rosmarinus are evergreen shrubs with narrow, aromatic leaves and 2-lipped blue flowers borne in small clusters in the leaf axils

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Species Prostratus Group are compact evergreen shrubs of prostrate habit, with linear, aromatic leaves and blue flowers in small axillary clusters in spring and summer, occasionally in autumn


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Fragrance Leaf



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow aromatic, prostrate evergreen shrub. Prefers poor well-drained soil and may be used as ground cover

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders Mediterranean Climate Plants Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Coastal

How to care

Pruning No regular pruning required

Pests Can get brown scale and rosemary leaf beetle

Diseases Generally disease free

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