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Rosemary - White Flowering Rosemary

5 reviews

Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 80cm
Position: Full sun
Soil preference: Well drained

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 White Flowering Rosemary Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis alba

Rosemary ‘White Flowering’ is an evergreen perennial growing to 80 cm high and 80cm wide. The highly aromatic foliage is characterized by short dark green, needle shaped leaves. Although this rosemary is an upright variety, the structure is open and rounded, rather than having the rigid form exhibited by some rosemary’s. The branches have a trailing and somewhat arching habit, so when the white flowers appear it is as if the shrub has been touched by recently fallen snow. The delicate flowers bloom from early spring to early summer and may continue through to autumn.

This variety is also known as Rosmarinus officinalis var albiflorus and may often be called ‘Alba’, ‘Albiflorus’ or ‘Sissinghurst White’. White flowers are uncommon for the Rosmarinus genus and in some regions this is considered a rare plant. Folklore suggests that all rosemary was once white flowered. However, when the Virgin Mary was escaping from Herod’s troops, she stopped and draped her cloak over a rosemary bush turning the flowers blue.

This is a good culinary variety of rosemary and can be used in many dishes.

Rosemary General

Rosemary is an evergreen, woody shrub native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. It belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint family, with the botanical name Rosmarinus officinalis. This name is from the Latin words ‘ros’ meaning dew and ‘marinus’ from the word for sea. Together they refer to the ‘dew of the sea’, because these plants grow in near coastal areas. There are many varieties, distinguished by being upright or prostrate, ranging in size from low ground covers to large shrubs reaching 1.5-2 meters high. The leaves are small and often needle like, ranging from green to grey-green with a pine like aroma produced by the essential oils in the foliage. The small flowers are bee attractants and range from pale pink, purple, white, and include a range of distinctive blues. They usually bloom from early spring to summer, sometimes with a new flush in autumn.

Rosemary is a hardy plant that needs little attention once established. Soil should be well drained and slightly alkaline, the aspect should have full sun or partial shade and plants require occasional watering. Rosemary is tolerant of dry periods, coastal conditions, poor soil, hot and windy aspects and even has moderate frost tolerance. Humid conditions, wet soil or excessive frost will cause problems for the roots and foliage. Plants may be pruned to shape, with larger varieties being suitable for hedging. Propagation from cuttings is easy for most home gardeners.

Most people know rosemary as a culinary herb, especially in Italian cuisine. However, this herb also has a history of medicinal use, including being reputed to improve memory. Of course, many gardeners grow Rosemary ornamentally or just for the lovely fragrance it imparts to the garden.

For more information on history, growth conditions, culinary and medicinal use please see our Common Rosemary listing and other varieties such as Tuscan Blue

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

17 August 2021 Update: Herb Plant orders that are not in "next day" delivery zones will only be sent on Mondays due to lockdowns.

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)  Update: Herb Plant orders that are not in "next day" delivery zones will only be sent on Mondays due to lockdowns.

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

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Herb Plants
- If you are unhappy with the quality of Herb plants they must be photographed on the day of receiving and emailed to us within 24 hours.

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    IH
    04/03/2021
    Ian H.
    Australia Australia
    White flowering rosemary

    Excellent. Plants arrived in great shape and settled in really well after short period of acclimatisation. Well packaged and carefully protected. The contact during delivery and after-sales advice is excellent. There were 3 available and I decided not to be greedy and purchase only 2. I discovered later that my daughter bought the one I left!

    RI
    08/30/2020
    Rohini i.
    Australia Australia
    Healthy robust plants and excellent customer service

    I am delighted by my purchase of white rosemary plants and kind assistance by Bianca at Mudbrick Herb Cottage. I am a many times return customer.

    MS
    02/09/2019
    Melinda S.
    Finding White Rosemary

    When I found out that a white version of the culinary Rosemary existed - Rosemary Officinalis Alba - I was very keen to grow it. It was either confused with the Coastal Rosemary or Westringia or not known.......until I contacted Mudbick Cottage.It was out of stock so I said I would like to be notified when it was back in stock. After receiving an email to say it was back in stock I rang and organised to have 2 plants sent to me in NSW. The person I spoke to could not have been more pleasant or more helpful. I rang a few minutes after closing on a Sunday thinking I’d be lucky to catch anyone so I was very appreciative when someone not only answered but put aside an extra plant to be packed and sent the next day so I wouldn’t have to pay a second postage - and very friendly when I double checked about the delivery the next morning. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Mudbrick Cottage - the plants arrived in good shape when they said they would with clear instructions and all three plants are thriving. Thank you and I look forward to being in touch again. Melinda Sullivan