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Plant Guide

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'

Common Name
Huntington Carpet Rosemary
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Ground Cover
Size
1' - 2' x 4' - 8'
Flower Color
Blue
Bloom Time
  • Spring
  • Winter
Leaves
Green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bees
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Erosion Control
  • Fragrance
  • Low Maintenance
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

'Huntington Carpet' is a prostate form of Rosemary that is much greener and less woody than other Rosemary varieties. It also maintains its center foliage better than other  varieties. It forms a carpet of deep blue flowers that are very attractive to bees when in bloom. It is a very tough plant that will endure hot sun, poor soil and neglect. Good for erosion control, lawn replacement or cascading over retaining walls or containers.

Plant slightly above soil grade in a hot, sunny part of your garden. Only light shade will be tolerated. Good drainage is a must so if you have clay , add compost or other soil amendments to improve the drainage. Needs little to no water once established.

No significant pests or diseases. Powdery mildew can develop if the plant is kept too moist.

Master Gardener Comments
Varietals

R. officinalis ' Lockwood de Forest' - 2' x 4' - 6' trailing form with pale blue flowers

R. officinalis 'Irene' - 1' - 1.5' x 2' - 3' trailing form with lavender-blue flowers that bloom all year long

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