W.fruticosa2.JPG (63154 bytes)Westringia fruticosa: is a member of the Lamiaceae family and has been in cultivation for many years. Its common name is Coast Rosemary because the species grows on the coast and the foliage resembles the exotic Rosemary although Westringia fruticosa does not have aromatic foliage.
Coast Rosemary is a rounded shrub that may reach a height of two metres. The leaves are grey and carried in whorls of four around the stem. White, lobed flowers are carried, in leaf axils, for many months of the year.
Westringia fruticosa is one of the hardiest native shrubs and will survive and thrive in most situations.
Coast Rosemary is a native of New South Wales and grows on exposed headlands where plants are subjected to salt spray. This probably explains its horticultural durability.
Westringia fruticosa could be grown in screens and hedges.
There are a number of forms with attractive variegated foliage.
Propagate from cuttings.