Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

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Mediterranean Series

This is one of a series of artworks based on plants and herbs Illustrated for The Eden Project, Cornwall. They were eventually made into authentic mediterranean style ceramic tiles and feature along one of the long walls in the Mediterranean Biome.

Printed on high quality archival paper, made from recycled bamboo, in an edition of 250, each one is signed and numbered, giving it a unique authenticity. 21cm x 30cm

These prints will compliment the home, although a popular choice is often a new artwork for the Kitchen or Dining areas. 


Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis is native to the Mediterranean region and Caucasus. Also native to this area are the other two species of rosemary (R. tomentosusand R. eriocalyx). Where these species overlap in the wild they form natural hybrids.

Rosemary is an evergreen perennial shrub, best known for its strongly aromatic, needle-like evergreen leaves. The flowers are purplish white and strongly two-lipped, and have two long-exserted (protruding) stamens. The fruit consists of four dry nutlets (one-seeded sections).

Rosemary belongs to the Lamiaceae, commonly known as the mint family. It is related to other well-known herbs such as the basils (Ocimum), thymes (Thymus) and mints (Mentha), but its closest relative is the genus Salvia, which includes at least 900 species. One of these is sage (Salvia officinalis). Many scientists believe that rosemary is so similar to Salvia that it should be included in this group. Salvia and rosemary both have only two stamens (male organs of the flower, containing pollen), whereas in the mint family the usual number of stamens is four.

Rosemary is one of the most prized culinary herbs, and is especially popular in Mediterranean cuisine. The leaves have a bitter, astringent taste which complements fatty foods such as lamb and oily fish. Medicinally preparations of rosemary have long been taken orally or applied topically for a variety of complaints. The leaves and flowers can also be used to make a tea, said to be good for headaches, colic, colds and nervous diseases as well as depression. Rosemary has also been used in herbal remedies for relieving asthma.