Westringia senifolia

Alpine Westringia

Stiff bushy shrub, branches covered in white spreading hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyLamiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1.3 m x 1 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesCrowded rings of 5-6 rough, narrowly elliptic stalkless leaves 5-10 mm x 1-2 mm, margins strongly curved back, tip pointed upwards.
  • Flower colourWhite with orange spots
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersDense clusters of 2-lipped flowers in leaf axils along the ends of branches, green calyx with maroon margins, 5-lobed, densely hairy on outside.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained rocky soil in exposed subalpine shrubland and woodland. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, semi shade. Endemic in Victoria with a rare occurrence within the Shire.
  • Garden useA floriferous shrub for small gardens and rockeries.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. A disjunct population occurs on Mt Donna Buang. Endemic to Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2, 3 Dr. Mike Bayly & Allison Kellow ©; 4 Nimal G. Karunajeewa, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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