Blue Gem Westringia

Westringia fruticosa 'WES03' PP #25,674

A more compact and showier selection that produces masses of luminous bluish purple flowers in spring and often lightly year-round. Perfect in tough spots; performs in sun, harsh inland heat or rugged coastal exposures, with minimal watering or care. Great in natural form, or shear into a low formal hedge. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationwest-RING-ee-uh froo-tih-KOH-suh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 6 to 7 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; takes well to shearing.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasPlant in groupings or use to accent mixed borders and waterwise plantings for vivid color and fine texture. With higher tolerance to pruning than the similar and larger cultivar 'Wynyabbie Gem', this is a better candidate to create a compact, minimal care low hedge, such as along a property line or to frame the back of a border, where it can easily kept to about 3 ft. tall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Hedge, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsOlive (Olea); Mat Rush (Lomandra); Salvia (Salvia); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Sedum (Sedum); Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus)

Grows easily in average, sandy or well-drained clay soils. Water regularly during first growing season to develop root system. Highly drought tolerant when established. Use a coarse mulch to conserve moisture. Fertilize in spring, avoiding high phosphorus formulas. Requires little pruning, but tolerates shearing to maintain size and shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-10

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