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Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'

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.  

I planted my first Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' plant about eight years ago in my garden, in the northern Sydney suburb of Westleigh. I now have more as they are quick growing, tough, long living, drought tolerant and frost hardy. On maturity, they form a medium dense shrub growing to 1.6m tall by 1.6 m high. 

The leaves are narrow-lanceolate to 20mm long by 3mm 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 (see photo 1 and 2) and are borne prolifically in the spring with spot flowering all year round. 

They are a great landscaping plant because their 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:  Johan Peter Westring (1753-1833). Physician to the King of Sweden.

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

Jeff Howes

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