— Westringia fruticosa ‘NFL25’ Mundi™ PP24,042 —
A great groundcover form of coastal rosemary. Used as a specimen or in mass, Mundi is great for tough roadsides and residential gardens alike. Best suited to Zones 9-11 in arid climates although Mundi continues to show potential for low water gardens in humid regions. It’s super short height and infrequent pruning requirement distinguish Mundi from other Westringia currently on the market. Coastal rosemary, so named for its rosemary-like leaves, is a drought and salt tolerant shrub that works well in coastal plantings. Some Westringia varieties, including Mundi, are also proving to be adapt to humid, subtropical climates of the southeastern US. So while Westringia are best suited to Mediterranean climates, Mundi has continued to perform very well in the South, provided it is planted in a raised, free-draining soil and is watered infrequently (and best when irrigated via drip irrigation).
- Very low-growing; ideal for mass plantings
- Prostrate to decumbant habit; responds well to pruning
- Greyed-green leaves covered with small, white flowers in spring
Life Cycle: Evergreen
Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11; decent frost tolerance but will show some injury under severe
conditions of prolonged cold and heavy frost (relative to Zone 9)
H x W (approx): Approx 3ft tall and 6-7ft wide after several years; responds well to pruning
Spacing: For mass plantings, plant 6ft on center
Bloom Time: Spring to summer
Flower: A Snow-white, quarter-sized flowers appear in small clusters along the stems from late winter to summer and sporadically throughout the season.
Foliage Color: Young growth is light greyed-green; matures to a deep greyed-green with a smooth texture
Habit: Round, “bushy” and dense
Containers?: Yes. Mundi will actually spill over the sides of pots and with its deep green
rosemary leaves and pops of bright white flowers, Mundi will work well in large water-wise
Light Requirement: Full to filtered sun
Water Requirement: Very drought tolerant once established
Maintenance Category: Low Maintenance; salt tolerant, drought tolerant
Uses: Drought tolerant mass and group plantings or as an accent; coastal, salt laden
landscapes; water-wise gardens
Maintenance Notes: Looks it best in full sun with deep, infrequent irrigation in the
southeast and slightly more “regular” irrigation in arid climates. Responds well to pruning.
*NOTE: The following video describes a similar variety from the same breeding program, ‘WES05’, which is marketed as “Mundi” in Australia. While the two have very similar attributes, they are different plants.