February 8, 2023
Westringia fruticosa

Westringia fruticosa

Westringia fruticosa is a tender, low-growing, evergreen shrub. It is also known as Westringia rosmariniformis, Westringia villosa, Coastal Westringia, Coastal Rosemary, Australian Rosemary, Victorian Rosemary, or Coast Rosemary. It is native to Australia. Westringia fruticosa is a hardy plant. It usually grows on cliffs by the ocean.

Westringia fruticosa is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. Therefore it is related to the mint. Any rosemary references in its common name is due to its look. The leaves are not aromatic. Westringia fruticosa can grow to 2ft or 60cm tall.

Westringia fruticosa
Westringia fruticosa

It has gray-green foliage. The leaves are long and narrow. It flowers in spring. However, it flowers year-round in warm climates. Westringia fruticosa flowers are white. The upper petal is divided into two lobes. The bottom ones have orange or purple spots. Westringia fruticosa can be grown in containers in borders and rock gardens.

Westringia fruticosa is easy to grow. Plant it in dry, well-drained soil. Grow it in the sun or partial shade. It adapts to most types of soils. And it is drought tolerant once it is established. Westringia fruticosa is generally disease-free and pest-free. It does not require any pruning. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.

Westringia fruticosa
Westringia fruticosa

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