The Normans may have first brought this shrubby, evergreen, Mediterranean herb to Britain as early as the 11th century. Thomas Jefferson noted Rosemary among 14 other herbs for his Monticello garden in 1794. It has long been valued as a culinary herb in soups, sauces, and vegetable and meat dishes; for its medicinal uses; and for its lasting aromatic fragrance. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Native Distribution: Northern Africa, Western Asia, Southern Europe
Sow seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost date at 70 degrees F. Rosemary seeds take 3 weeks to germinate and require excellent drainage; mist the seeds and seedlings. Transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and plant outdoors after last frost in well-drained to dry soil. Approximately 100 Rosemary seeds per packet.
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