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Tang of the sea and a pungent flavor -- that's rosemary

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Few people can avoid being delighted with a flourishing rosemary plant. Discover the ease of culture and propagation of this attractive herb. Grown either indoors or out, rosemary brings joy with its graceful form, appealing piney aroma, and pungent flavor.

What a fragrant, long-lasting holiday remembrance it would make.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis),m a member of the mint family, takes its name from the Latin and means "dew of the sea." Indeed, the scent of rosemary seems somewhere between the tang of a sea breeze and the spicy clean smell of pine woods. Its evergreen leaves, dark green above and whitish below, are narrow and somewhat leathery.

There are two distinctly different varieties of rosemary: Upright or bushlike; and creeping or prostrate.

The latter is excellent for hanging baskets or creeping along stone walls out of doors.

Under the upright variety there are four different types: R. officinalism with blue flowers; R. officinalis albusm with white flowers which grows to about 4 feet; R. officinalis Foresteri,m having the biggest leaves and also grows to 4 feet; and R. var.,m a compact grower at only 2 feet.

If you bring the creeping variety, R. prostratus,m indoors during the winter, it will delight you with its display of tiny blue flowers.

Half-hardy rosemary thrives out-of-doors throughout the year in mild climates where temperatures don't dip below 20 degrees F. Grown as a hedge under these conditions, it may reach up to 6 feet.

In the North, however, rosemary is best kept in a pot throughout the year. It thrives on a kitchen windowsill facing south in the winter and makes a handsome showing in a tub or pot in your outdoor living area during the warm months.

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