Rosemary is a shrub which originated in the Mediterranean area and is now widely cultivated throughout the temperate regions. Rosmarinus, the botanic name, means sea- dew. This may come from its habit of growing close to the sea and the dew like appearance of its blossom when seen from a distance. It has been grown for centuries and is steeped in myth, magic and folk lore. Read Jekka's Guide to Rosemary for more information.