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Westringia fruticosa

Coastal rosemary, native rosemary

attractive rounded shrub with small white flowers
cultural notesvery hardy, easy & fast growing and long lived. Will grow in full sun or part shade in most soil conditions
maintenancemay be pruned annually to shape. It will often form a regular dome shape with its lower branches covering the ground. Sometimes it will throw out one or two main branches to develop an irregular habit, but these can be pruned.
toleratesdrought, frost & salt spray
flowering seasonthroughout most of the year but mainly spring to summer
flower coloursmall (2cm) lightly scented white to palest mauve flowers with reddish & yellow brown spots near the throat. The shrub is never really smothered in blooms, but they are conspicuous against the dark green foliage most of the year, particularly in Nov.
foliage colourgrey to dark green foliage with a covering of short hairs on the young tip growth. The underside of leaves have a silvery tint which adds to its attractiveness. The leaves are up to 2cm long, narrow and pointed, set closely on whorls around the stem.
widthup to 4m
heightup to 2m
plant spacing200cm apart to 400cm specimen, 100-200cm hedging
recommended usesuseful specimen plant or for hedging & screening. Can also be shaped to form a more formal hedge. Will also make an indoor plant (in reasonably cool atmosphere) or excellent cut flowers as the long sprays can live well in water & open their buds for weeks
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Danielle Langlois

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