Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Plant Characteristics: Rosemary is an evergreen perennial with fragrant leaves and showy flowers that bloom in the summer.
Culinary: Rosemary has a distinct flavor, and was used in meats, breads, cakes, puddings, and other foods.
Medicinal: Rosemary was thought to have numerous benefits relating to the hair and scalp. It was used to improve circulation in the scalp, and to treat dry flaky scalps and thinning hair. The herb was also used to help dry skin, acne, and eczema.
Symbolic: Rosemary was a symbol of remembrance and fidelity. Colonists tied sprigs of Rosemary into a bride’s bouquet. The herb was also given as an offering of remembrance at funerals.