• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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

  • Other common names rosemary Prostratus Group

  • Synonyms Rosmarinus corsicus 'Prostratus'
    Rosmarinus officinalis lavandulaceus

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

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  • Family Lamiaceae

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

  • Details 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

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • 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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