W.eremicola1.JPG (51341 bytes)Westringia eremicola: is a member of the Lamiaceae family in company with the Prostantheras and culinary mints. There are about 25 species and the genus is native to Australia . There are also a number of cultivars.
Westringia eremicola is a small shrub with linear, slightly prickly leaves. The leaves are carried in whorls of three around the stem. Unlike the Prostantheras, Westringias do not have aromatic foliage. White or mauve flowers are carried in the leaf axils. Spring and summer are the main flowering periods but sporadic flowering may occur at other times.
A well drained situation in full sun or half shade suits Westringia eremicola.
Westringia eremicola has proved to be a hardy, free flowering small shrub. The species is frost hardy and drought resistant.
We have many specimens scattered throughout the gardens at Yallaroo. Rockeries and native cottage gardens would benefit from the addition of Westringia eremicola.
The mauve flowering form is the most colourful.
Westringia eremicola is found in Queensland , New South Wales , Victoria and South Australia .
The species propagates very readily from cuttings.