Native to Australia, ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ is one of the larger varieties of Westringia on the market. It grows 6-8 feet tall x 4-6 feet wide, with a rather airy growth habit. It thrives in both full sun to partial shade and requires low to moderate water once established. It is tolerant of wind and salt spray, making it an excellent choice for coastal gardens. Its size at maturity lends itself to being used as a natural screen or hedge.
‘Wynyabbie Gem’ is a hybrid between coastal fruticosa and inland eremicola. It originated from Wynyabbie Nursery in Jindalee, Queensland, which is where it got it cultivar name. This attractive perennial has an elegant look, with narrow 1” lanceolate leaves growing densely along its branches and radiating out in whorls of four. Dainty, light-mauve flowers appear in spring and continue to bloom well through fall, attracting beneficial pollinators the garden.
The Sunset Climate Zones are 8, 9, 14-24, and it is cold hardy to 20-25°F.We are currently growing Westringia fruticosa x eremicola ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ in 5 gallon containers. Follow us on Instagram @clearwatercolornursery to see what’s happening in the beautiful Los Osos Valley.