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Westringia 'Wynyabbie Highlight' - Variegated Australian Rosemary
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (W. fruticosa x W. eremicola)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Highlight’ (Australian Variegated Rosemary) - A compact evergreen shrub that grows to at least 3-4 feet tall and as wide with cream margined slender gray-green (white beneath) 1 inch long leaves that radiate out from the dark stems in evenly spaced whorls. The clusters of attractive mauve-pink flowers are produced throughout the year. Plant in full sun to light shade. It is drought and seaside tolerant, and like 'Wynyabbie Gem' should take cold down to 25 degrees F. This plant is a vegetative sport of Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem', itself a hybrid between the coastal Westringia fruticosa and the inland Westringia eremicola. It is distinct from the parent plant with its more compact growth form and attractively variegated leaf margins. This plant was introduced in the US by Australian Native Plant Nursery. The name for the genus was given to it by Sir James Edward Smith, an English botanist and founder of the Linnaean Society in 1788. The name honors Dr. Johan Peter Westring (1753-1833), a botanist and physician to King Charles XIII of Sweden who was a student of Linnaeus. We also grow the non-variegated selection of this plant, Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'and another hybrid Westringia Blue Gem as well as the species Westringia fruticosa and several cultivars of this species including the variegated forms Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light' and Westringia fruticosa 'Smokey' and the low growing Westringia fruticosa Mundi This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Westringia 'Wynyabbie Highlight'
 
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