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Lilydale, Vic 3140
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Westringia rigida 'Milky Way'

Compact White Native Rosemary

Plant Type Small shrub
Flower Colour White
Leaf Shape Lanceolate - small
Leaf Colour Grey/green
Sun/Shade Full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Tropical
Drought Dry periods
Coastal Second level
Frost Moderate
Native Australia
Flower Months All Year



Westringia fruticosa ‘Milky Way’ is a nice compact plant that was found in a home garden in Gawler, SA by Ann Dealtry.  It is a compact form of the Native Rosemary with soft grey green foliage and pretty white flowers that are born in the axils over most of the year.  It is an hardy native shrub that is tolerant of most frosts, extended dry periods, salt air, full sun or shade and grows in a wide range of soils. Feed with Osmocote slow release in late spring.  


Like most Westringias, 'Milky Way' makes an attractive hedge, screen plant or can be used for general topiary work.  For an all native garden 'Milky Way' looks good planted as a background to Correa 'White Tips' and Correa 'Firebird'.  For a less formal garden interplant with Prostanthera 'Badja Peak' and Grevillea 'Red Wings'.  For a non native garden Westringia 'Milky Way' makes an excellent addition to the Mediterranean gardens interplanted with Lavandula, Penstemon and Rosmarinus varieties.

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