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Huntington Carpet Rosemary

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Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Huntington Carpet’ Common Name: Huntington Carpet Rosemary

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Origin: Mediterranean region, California hybrid
  • Climate Zone: USDA 7-10, Sunset 4-24
  • Mature Height: 1-2 feet
  • Mature Width: 6-8 feet
  • Plant Type: Evergreen
  • Growth Habit: Multi-branched, compact, mounded, spreading
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Flower Color/Details: Deep, Small clusters of 1/4
    to 1/2 inch, fragrant, blue blossoms
  • Flower Season: Winter, spring, summer and fall
  • Foliage: Dark green needle-like leaves, aromatic
  • Use: Border, low hedge, rock garden, banks, erosion control, slopes, walls, mass plantings, xeric gardens, filler, median plantings, herb or Tuscan garden, containers, green roof, continuous bloom especially in winter for bee gardens
  • Floral: Flower arrangements, wreaths
  • Wildlife/Beneficials: Attracts beneficial insects, bees, butterflies, birds
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Fire Resistant: Yes
  • Medicinal Uses/Edible: Culinary herb
  • Adverse Factors: Unknown
  • Soil: Adaptable, well drained
  • Exposure: Full sun to light shade
  • Water Requirements: Low, drought tolerant
  • WUCOLS Water Needs: L L L L M M
  • UC Davis Arboretum All-Star: No
  • Description: Aromatic groundcover, less woody, brighter green than other Rosemaries. Spreads fast but maintains a dense center with little dieback, unlike other varieties. Pairs well with Thyme, Sage, Rockrose and Lavenders with the same sun and water requirements. Also called ‘Huntington Blue.’
  • Maintenance: Water during winter droughts, same as summer. Lightly prune to shape in late winter, early spring or between blooms, as needed.

By Elissa Sanci

Elissa Sanci, the owner of the website GardenProducts.org, graduated from Santa Barbara City College – a famous public school in California with many diverse training professions, and she majored in horticulture.

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