Coast rosemary

Westringia fructicosa

Its name Westringia fructicosa is a tribute by the researcher Linnaeus to the Swedish botanist-physicist Johan Peter Westring (1753-1833) who took part in the writing of works on lichens.


The Westringia genus are similar to rosemary in leaves and flowers, but not in their aromatic scent.

Species characteristics

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: Eastern Australia

Habitat: Coastal

Characteristics: Gray-green evergreen plant, which can reach between 1 and 2 metres in height. Its flowering is characterised by small purple tubular nectar bearing flowers.

Flowering period: Spring, summer.

Uses and properties: Its ornamental use makes it an ideal plant for hedges and for creating dry and seaside gardens. Westringia withstands salt spray and wind very well.

History and oddities

A tribute by Linnaeus to the Swedish botanist-physicist Johan Peter Westring.