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Commemorates Dr Johan (John) Peter Westring (sometimes West Ring (1753-1833), also known as Johan Petter Westrin), physician to King Karl XIV of Sweden, and a keen lichenologist. He was born in Linköping, Sweden, where his father was a shoemaker. No information has been found for any medicinal use or toxicity, although horticultural suppliers note that, although called ‘Cape rosemary’, it is not ‘rosemary’ and should not be used for cooking.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry F. (2013). Wellcome Library notes. link


Cunila fruticosa Willd. (basionym)

Geographical distribution

  • Australasia, Australia, New South Wales

Westringia fruticosa (Willd.) Druce 'Variegata'

Genus: Westringia
Species: fruticosa (Willd.) Druce
Cultivar: 'Variegata'
Common names: Coast Rosemary
Distribution summary: Australia
Habit: Shrub
Garden status: Not currently grown
Reason for growing: Commemorative

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