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Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'

Jeff Howes

I planted my first Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' plant about eight years ago in my garden, in the northern Sydney suburb of Westleigh and I now have planted a few more as they are quick growing, tough, long living, drought tolerant and frost hardy. On maturity, they form a medium dense shrub growing to 1.6 m tall by 1.6 m high. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate to 20 mm long by 3 mm wide and greyish-green in colour. They are moderately dense along the branches and found in whorls of four. The flowers are a light lilac-mauve to blue-mauve and are borne prolifically in the spring but some occur all year round.

'Wynyabbie Gem' is a great landscaping plant because its greyish/green foliage contrasts so well with many other darker green leaf plants - I plant them in groups of three to maximise this contrast. Their pale lilac/blue flowers also add to this contrasting effect.

Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'
Flowers of Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' being visited by a hover fly
Photo: Jeff Howes

Hybrid Origin: Westringia `Wynyabbie Gem' is a hybrid between W.fruticosa and a mauve flowered form of W.eremicola. It arose in cultivation at Wynyabbie Nursery, Jindalee, Queensland. The cultivar name is derived from the nursery name.

Westringia: After Johan Peter Westring (1753-1833). Physician to the King of Sweden.

fruticosa: from the Latin fruticosus meaning bushy. It refers to the woody stems forming the greater part of the plant but branching from the base.

For more information and pictures on registered Australian native hybrids refer to Australian Cultivar Registration Authority web site.

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