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Coastal Rosemary

Did You Know?

  • Once the plant reaches a mature age, it does not deteriorate quickly as some plants do
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A member of the mint family. Rosemary refers to the shape of the plant and not the scent.

Large shrub, up to 2 m high and 5 m wide.


Dark green leaves with short hairs on the underside. Up to 2 cm long, narrow and pointed and close to the stem. Dense foliage.


2 cm across, forming a fan-shape around the stem. White or pale pruple with reddish and yellow spots near the throat.

Field Guide

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • No flowering

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Can be seen all year round
  • Starts flowering in summer

Where To Look

  • Coastal areas of NSW including cliffs and down to beach level
  • Commonly planted in urban gardens
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What Else?

Similar Species

Creeping Myoporum (Myoporum parvifolium) has thicker, broader leaves and flowers March - May and September - November.