Rosemary Foliage

Common Names: Rosemary

Botanical names: Rosmarinus officinalis, ros-ma-REEN-us o-fi-si-NAH-lis

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 1 to 2 weeks

Storage temperatures: 32 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The foliage of rosemary consists of slender, needle-shaped leaves 1-2 inches in length arranged oppositely on a woody stem. They grow densely along the branches creating a lush, compact appearance.

Color: The leaves are dark green on top and lighter underneath, giving the plant a two-toned appearance. In season, Rosemary has small two-lipped flowers among leaves at stem ends. These flowers are Blue, Pink, Purple, and White.

Botanical facts: The genus name Rosmarinus is derived from the Latin words "ros" meaning dew and "marinus" meaning sea, possibly alluding to its natural habitat along the Mediterranean coast.

Design notes: The needle-like leaves of rosemary adds texture and interest to floral arrangements. The leaves contrast well with the softer petals of flowers, adding depth and dimension to the design. The linear shape of the leaves can also create interesting lines and patterns within the arrangement. The fragrance of rosemary can enhance the overall sensory experience of a floral arrangement. Sprigs of rosemary can be tucked into corsages and boutonnieres to add a subtle fragrance and herbal touch.

Purchasing hints: Purchase branches with fresh and pliable foliage. Avoid dried branches dropping leaves

Conditioning: Give the woody stem end a fresh break or cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Rosemary foliage has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and culinary applications. It is believed to have various health benefits, including improving digestion, enhancing memory and concentration, and relieving muscle pain. In cooking, rosemary foliage is used to flavor a wide range of dishes, including meats, soups, stews, and baked goods.

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