Rosmarinus Officianalis The fragrant herb rosemary is an evergreen shrub that grows wild in Mediterranean regions of the world. Used in cooking for centuries, grow your own wonderful cooking spice. Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, means "dew of the sea". Besides cooking, it is also used as a medicinal herb. You don't need perfect sunshine, sea mist or even a never ending summer to successfully grow rosemary. Most often, more rosemary plants suffer from too much attention than from too little. Full sun, and bring them indoors before first frost to have fresh rosemary all winter (winter hardy to zone 10) . Easy to grow, and enticing smell make this a great herb for you garden. Provide plenty of sun and good drainage, and you will have a very happy, aromatic rosemary plant. Have patience when germinating, as it can take longer than some herbs. Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed, will germinate best when soil temp is cooler. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil. 10 to 31 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed, or plant them in the fall. Space plants at least 12 inches apart.