The Blue Gem Westringia is an excellent plant for Mediterranean and rustic garden styles. The foliage is gray-green, and the bluish-purple flowers bloom in the spring, making them the perfect hedge for privacy. They grow in a rounded shape and can reach 6-7 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
Easy for beginners and loved by all gardeners.
Non-toxic to animals
This genus was na...
This genus was named after Dr. Johan Peter Westring (1753-1833), a botanist and physician to King Charles XIII of Sweden, a student of Linnaeus.
This Plant's Kindred Spirit is:
Sensitive and passionate with a good sense of humor
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
Great for spaces with higher ceilings
Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
Great for spaces with medium indirect light
Westringia fruticosa Care Guide
Full sun (6-8 hours) to part sun (4-6 hours)
Water the first year to get them established in the landscape. Once established, water when the soil is dry; more often in extreme heat.
Tolerant of low to high humidity.
Outdoor landscape plant in full sun (6-8 hours), where nights are above 20°F.
Fertilize annually in the spring around the drip edge of the plant with an organic fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer. Scratch the surface soil and spread the fertilizer, then cover with existing topsoil. Water and mulch when needed.
Prune this plant after flowering to maintain their shape and size. Pruning will provide a more compact shape or hedge.
THIS ONE IS PATENT PROTECTED ACCORDING TO MONROVIA: Take cuttings from healthy young stems and cut about 6 inches down the stem. Cut right below the leaf node and strip away the leaves on two sets of nodes. Dip the tip of the stem into a rooting hormone and set them into a damp propagation mix. Water a couple of times a week to keep the mixture moist but not soggy. Keep the cuttings in bright, indirect light out of breezes. The warmer the weather, the faster the roots will grow. After eight weeks, a stable root system should be developing. Transplant these cuttings into an organic potting mix. Add a slow-release fertilizer and continue to let them grow. Once a healthy root system is created, transplant out into the landscape. Take a week to harden off to acclimate them to the weather conditions.