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Products > Westringia fruticosa Low Horizon ['WES06'] PP27,898
Westringia fruticosa Low Horizon ['WES06'] PP27,898 - Low Horizon Coast Rosemary
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [W. rosmariniformis 'Wes05', 'Miny Mundi']
Height: 1 foot
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Westringia fruticosa Low Horizon ['WES06'] PP27,898 (Low Horizon Coast Rosemary) - This low spreading evergreen shrub grows to only 1 foot tall by 4 feet wide with short internodes holding linear dark gray-green leaves that are nearly 3/4 of an inch long by 1/8 inch wide. The small (1/2 inch wide) white flowers bloom along the branches off and on throughout the year with an early spring peak. Plant in full to part sun or in bright filtered light. Drought tolerant but keeps better color and remains more dense when given occasional spring and summer irrigation. Hardy to about 20 F. While this was the smallest and tightest growing of the Westringia cultivars we trialed, it was not as lush growing as the larger cultivar Westringia fruticosa Mundi['NFL25'] and in the end we decided not to produce it as a nursery crop. We feel that Westringia fruticosa Mundi, though it gets both taller and wider is the best of the lower growing cultivars, plus it also has larger white flowers that are present and showier over a longer period. The species, Westringia fruticosa, is native to the coast of New South Wales where it can be seen hugging the cliffs and growing near the sand on the beach. 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. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'frutico' meaning "to put forth shoots" or "become bushy", likely in reference to the dense bushiness of this species. This plant is a selection made by Graham Brown of NuFlora, a cooperative venture with the University of Sydney. It was chosen for its low growth habit. We have been growing Westringia fruticosa since 1984 and it has long proven itself to be a useful drought tolerant and long lived plant in the landscape and one that excels at the beach, where tolerates wind and salt laden air and often blooms year-round. The one drawback has been that the species plant often gets too tall, so this groundcover selection should be a nice plant for a smaller garden. We are a licensed to propagate this plant that is being marketed in the US by Dig Plants of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. It has US Plant Patent number PP27,898 issued in April 2017. Tough in its patent application it was noted to not have the same parentage, it was said to most closely resemble the cultivar Westringia fruticosa Mundi, but differed in that 'WES06' (Low Horizon) has a shorter plant height than 'NFL25' (Mundi) and also had smaller flowers and leaves. We also note that Low Horizon has a shorter flowering period. We first received a trial plant of this cultivar, then being called "Mini Mundi" or "Gray Ground" in May 2013 and we put our first plant in the garden in November 2014 - in the spring of 2020 this plant was measured at only 1 foot tall but a full 4 feet wide, and it had never previously been pruned. We also grow the species, Westringia fruticosa, the low sprawling large flowering cultivar Westringia fruticosa Mundi, the compact gray Westringia fruticosa Gray Box, the variegated cultivars Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light' and Westringia fruticosa 'Smokey', as well as the hybrids Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem', Westringia 'Wynyabbie Highlight' and Westringia Blue GemThe information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Westringia fruticosa Low Horizon ['WES06'] PP27,898.