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Water Wise Plants

Westringia fruticosa 'Wynyabbie Gem"

Pronunciation
west-RING-ee-uh froo-tih-KOH-suh
Common Name
Coast Rosemary
Plant Type
Shrub
Mature Size
3 - 6 ft. tall and 5 - 10 ft. wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
White to light lavender
Wildlife
  • Deer resistant
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

This shrub from Australia looks a lot like rosemary, but its leaves are finer and have no fragrance. It has pretty light lavender flowers that appear in midwinter and last through spring.

Westringia gets big so plan ahead unless you want to be doing a lot of pruning. Unlike rosemary, the stems of Westringia do not get woody, which makes it is a better long term landscaping choice.

Unfortunately we had to remove this plant from the garden to make way for a city of Palo Alto well project. 

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