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Westringia fruticosa
Westringia fruticosa

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Zones 8, 9, 14-24, 29
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Westringia fruticosa

Coast Rosemary
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Evergreen, Shrubs

This evergreen shrub from Australia has spreading, rather loose growth to 3–6 ft. tall and 5–10 ft. wide. Medium green to gray-green leaves have white undersides and are slightly finer and filmier in texture than rosemary leaves. Small white flowers bloom from midwinter through spring in colder areas, all year in milder climates. Needs light, well-drained soil. Good near the coast; wind-tolerant. Often sold as W. rosmariniformis.

‘Wynyabbie Gem’, possibly a hybrid, has light lavender flowers. ‘Morning Light’ grows to 3–4 ft. tall and a little wider, has white flowers, and white-edged leaves. ‘Smokey’ is similar but slightly more upright with an overall grayer tint.

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