Dec. 23, 2017

rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosmarinus comes from the ancient Roman name, meaning dew of the sea. Perhaps that name invoked the pale, dewy appearance of this shrub's leaves. The name thus preceded, and perhaps contributed to the Christian legend of Mary, who spread her cloak over some blue flowered plants to rest while traveling. The flowers are said to have turned white. White flowered plants are not uncommon. Like so much Old World plant lore that has spread to the New World, rosemary has now been reported in the wild in CA, NC, OR, SC, and TX. Cultivated at Hidden Lake Gardens, Lenawee Co MI, 4/8/14.