Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'

Family: Lamiaceae

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.

In the garden

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.

Propagation

Other information

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.

By Jeff Howes