Rosemary is a robust and versatile herb native to the Mediterranean. It thrives in warm, humid conditions in well drained soil, and is a perennial shrub with woody stems and evergreen needle-like leaves. It grows abundantly reaching heights of 1.5 metres, with delicate blue fragrant flowers. It has a warm, earthy flavor with an assertive pine fragrance balanced by rich pungency evocative of the forest. The leaves have a bitter, astringent taste and are highly aromatic, which complements a wide variety of foods. When burned, they give off a distinct mustard and wood-burning scent.It is a warm, popular scent used often in aromatherapy and also in Mediterranean cuisine, and is believed to relieve pain as a medicinal herb.