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Products > Rosmarinus officinalis 'Ken Taylor'
 
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Ken Taylor' - Rosemary
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Dark Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Salvia rosmarinus]
Parentage: (R. 'Collingwood Ingram' sport)
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Ken Taylor' (Rosemary) - A sprawling shrub with arching branches that reach 3 feet long. The plant grows 1-2 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. Very showy full bloom of dark blue flowers occurs in the spring. Plant in full sun. As with other Rosemary it is resistant to deer and rabbit predation, tolerant to salt spray, alkaline soils and drought. Hardy to 15°F. This is a very attractive rosemary for its flower display and interesting form A plant of this in bloom in our garden has always drawn comments from visitors. It is a selection made from a sport of Rosmarinus 'Collingwood Ingram' by the late Ken Taylor. Recent DNA analysis now shows the genus Rosmarinus to be fit squarely into the massive Salvia genus, which already has about 1,000 species. Since the specific epithet "officinalis" is already used in the genus Salvia, the new name for our common rosemary is now officially Salvia rosmarinus. Joining Rosmarinus in this move to Salvia is Perovskia and the little know genera Dorystaechas, Meriandra and Zhumeria. This change was published in an article by University of Nebraska biologist Bryan T. Drew, Jesús González-Gallegos, Chun-Lei Xiang, Ricardo Kriebel, Chloe Drummond, Jay Walker and Kenneth Sytsma titled "Salvia united: The greatest good for the greatest number" in the February 2017 issue of Taxon 66(1):133-145. For the sake of our customers and ourselves, we continue to list the Rosemary in the genus Rosmarinus!  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Rosmarinus offic. 'Ken Taylor.
 
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