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Rosemary Fota Blue


Rosmarinus officinalis Fota Blue

Compact variety suitable for smaller gardens

This Rosemary has rich green, short, needle-like leaves and through spring its stems are studded with purple-blue flowers. It has compact spreading stems, so makes a change from the usual upright varieties.


Fota Blue is frost hardy but needs protection in winter and is a good choice for a container which can be moved into a glasshouse or conservatory in winter.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves to soups, stews, sauces, stuffing and salads. Particularly good with chicken, lamb and vegetable dishes. May also be used to flavour oils and bread.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering May - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 60 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Gravel garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September