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Products > Rosmarinus officinalis 'Ed Carman'
 
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Ed Carman' - Carman's Tuscany Rosemary
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 4-6 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 'Ed Carman' (Carman's Tuscany Rosemary) A large upright Rosemary to 6 feet tall with mostly erect and slightly arching stems bearing large broad leaves (for a rosemary), that are up to an inch and 1/4 long by 3/16 of inch wide, that stick out perpendicular to the thick stems. In fall through spring with scatted flowering at other time appear the pale violet-blue flowers. Plant in full sun and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. As with other Rosemary it is resistant to deer and rabbit predation, tolerant to salt spray, alkaline soils and drought. Hardy to 15F. This plant is a bit of a mystery. We received this plant in the 1980s from legendary nurseryman Ed Carman, who operated Carman's Nursery (started by his father Hugh in 1937) from 1945 until his death in 2002. Ed had a hedge of this rosemary growing in front of his Los Gatos, California nursery and he maintained that it was the "true" 'Tuscan Blue' rosemary and that what other nurseries were growing under this name was actually a cultivar called 'Blue Spires' and he might be right! Unfortunately the finer textured plant now grown in the trade as 'Tuscan Blue' is so universal that it would be nearly impossible to correct this situation and so we instead call this plant 'Ed Carman' The name for the genus comes from the Latin name for this aromatic shrub which is derived from the words sea dew. The specific epithet is the Latin word that signifies a plant sold as a medicinal herb.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Rosmarinus officinalis 'Ed Carman'.
 
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