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Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'

Mature Height*: 

1 to 2 feet

Mature Width*: 

4 to 8 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

8 to 11

Hardy to: 


Water Requirements: 

Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun

Native to:

Mediterranean region

Origin and Adaptability:

Hailing from the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean, particularly coastal regions, Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet,' also known as Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary, thrives in warm and well-drained environments. This Mediterranean native boasts exceptional drought tolerance, making it a valuable asset for landscape architects seeking low-maintenance and resilient plant choices in sunny and dry climates.

Architectural Form and Foliage:

Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary offers a unique cascading form, ideal for softening edges and adding textural interest to landscapes. Its dense mat of aromatic, needle-like foliage creates a lush green tapestry, perfect for cascading over retaining walls, spilling elegantly from containers, or blanketing slopes with fragrant greenery.

Floral Display and Growth Speed:

While not its most prominent feature, Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary produces delicate light blue to lilac flowers during the early spring months, adding a touch of subtle charm to its lush-scented foliage. This fast-growing ground cover establishes quickly, offering rapid coverage in landscapes designed for erosion control or quick greening.

Light and Water Requirements:

Thriving under the Mediterranean sun, Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary flourishes in full sun, receiving at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some light shade, ample sun exposure promotes optimal growth and flower production. This drought-tolerant variety requires minimal watering once established, making it a water-wise option for sustainable landscapes.

Wildlife Support and Biodiversity:

Native to the Mediterranean region, Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary attracts a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, with its fragrant blooms. Landscape architects can leverage this characteristic to create pollinator-friendly havens within their designs.

Cultural Significance and Local Context:

Rosemary holds significant historical and cultural value in the Mediterranean region. Traditionally, its aromatic leaves have been used for culinary purposes, medicinal applications, and even as a symbol of remembrance. Landscape architects can draw inspiration from this rich heritage to create designs that connect with the local cultural context.

Challenges and Considerations:

While generally low-maintenance, Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary benefits from occasional light pruning to maintain its desired shape and encourage bushier growth. Landscape architects should consider its mature size and spreading habit during the planning stages to ensure proper placement and avoid overcrowding other plants.

Integration into Landscape Designs:

Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary's cascading form, fragrant foliage, and low-maintenance nature make it a versatile addition to various landscape designs.
Designers can utilize it to:

• Soften edges and slopes: This rosemary variety effectively covers bare ground and prevents erosion on slopes and embankments.
• Add textural interest to containers: Its trailing form creates a beautiful spiller effect in pots and planters.
• Introduce a pollinator-friendly element: The fragrant flowers attract bees and butterflies, promoting biodiversity within the landscape.
• Incorporate a touch of Mediterranean charm: This rosemary variety adds an element of historical and cultural connection to designs inspired by the Mediterranean region.

Designing with Huntington Carpet Trailing Rosemary:

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet' empowers landscape architects and designers to create vibrant and sustainable landscapes. This versatile groundcover offers cascading greenery, fragrant blooms, pollinator support, and a connection to the rich cultural heritage of the Mediterranean.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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