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Rosemarinus Lockwood de Forest and Irene - Photo by Philip Johnson
One of the best of the prostrate rosemary with a prolific show of pale blue flowers along heavy branches densely clothed with rich dark green leaves.
The image above shows a good comparison of the two prostrate rosemary that we grow with the pale blue Rosmarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest'
on the left with the deeper lavender-blue Rosmarinus officinalis Irene® on the right. - We like them both. Which one do you like?
Rosemarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest' was discovered in the garden of Lockwood and Elizabeth de Forest.
The origins of Rosmarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest' and other rosemary that the de Forests collected
are chronicled in an article 'A Parcel of Rosemaries' by Elizabeth DeForest
in the fall 1976 issue of Pacific Horticulture. Arthur Menzies also wrote the a short article regarding this fine plant that was published in the October 1963 Journal of the California Horticultural Society. This article is quoted in its entirety.
The Origin of Rosmarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest'
For more Rosemary information see the Mediterranean Garden Society Rosemary Page
Arthur L. Menzies
For some years now the most commonly sold creeping rosemary in California nurseries
has been Rosmarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest'. This plant has been erronously
labeled in most nurseries as Rosmarinus lockwoodi, R. Foresti, or R. foresteri.
In a recent publication, "A Checklist of Woody Ornamental Plants of California" by
Mildred E. Mathias and Elizabeth McClintock (published by the University of California,
College of Agriculture as Manual 32) the correct cultivar name for this plant has been
designated as Rosmarinus officinalis 'Lockwood de Forest'.
In a letter recently received from Mrs. de Forest, the following information
regarding the origin of this cultivar should be of interest. "We discovered this plant
here in own Santa Barbara garden where we had, egged on by Sydney Mitchell, a planting
of Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' from the La Mortola Gardens original, and
also bushes of the upright Rosmarinus officinalis. We assumed that it was a garden
hybrid resulting from a cross between the two, but is could well have been a sport
of R. officinalis 'Prostratus'. Having found it, Lockwood immediately had cuttings
from it, but it was not until after his death in 1949, that I realized that 'Lockwood
de Forest' was being used to designate it. I can think of no happier memorial."