Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’

(Coast Rosemary)

By January 3, 2022
Close up of purple flowers blooming on a Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'; Coast Rosemary

About Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ (Coast Rosemary)

The Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ is an evergreen shrub grown as a cross between the coastal Westringia fruticosa and the inland growing Westringia eremicola. As a quick grower, this shrub can reach an average landscape size of 6-8′ tall by 5-6′ wide. Blooming year-round, this shrub is densely packed with narrow 1″ long leaves arranged in whorls surrounded by small delicate light purple flowers. Attractive characteristics of this variety include its tolerance for harsh seaside conditions, drought tolerance, and cold hardy to temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. This variety of rosemary, while part of the Lamiaceae (mint) family, is not edible and does not have a fragrance. Easily considered a low-maintenance plant variety, Coast Rosemary is an obvious addition to California landscape designs.

Care and planting instructions

Plant Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ in an area that receives full sun to partial shade exposure. Using a well-draining soil, water regularly after planting to encourage a healthy root system, then reduce frequency. Coast Rosemary is a drought-tolerant plant and requires infrequent waterings and flourishes best when left alone. Pruning isn’t required and is generally advised against. Regular pruning can stunt its growth, deteriorate its appearance and reduce its overall lifespan.

Landscape design ideas

Coast Rosemary is an excellent choice for landscape designs seeking a dense privacy screen. Its dense growth and overall size can be useful when planted as a specimen shrub or border hedge.

Botanical Name: Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'

Common Name: Coast Rosemary

Average Landscape Size: 6-8' x 5-6'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Light purple

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 1 & 5 gallon

Special Features: Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Easy Pruning, Tolerates Light Frost,