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Hebe 'Silver Queen'

Hebe franciscana 'Variegata'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








4 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Hebe 'Silver Queen' x3


Hebe 'Silver Queen' x3


Hebe 'Silver Queen' Overview

Hebe ‘Franciscana Variegata’ - also known as 'Silver Queen' - is a rounded, bushy, evergreen shrub. Fairly compact in habit, its variegated, thick, oval leaves have wide cream margins. The spikes of violet-purple flowers, which fade towards white, are abundant in mid-summer but more occasional in the following months. This popular hybrid is very versatile and suitable for many different garden situations, including the edges of beds and borders and patio pots. 'Silver Queen' provides good winter colour and contrast to other shrubs and, like other Hebes, is particularly well-suited to coastal areas. Hebes prefer a slightly alkaline and not too fertile, well-drained soil, but they do need to be watered in the growing season if it's very dry. They like to be sheltered from cold, dry winds. In general, however, they are a tolerant group of plants that withstand pollution well. This Hebe cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and is on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list, highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Hebe 'Silver Queen'

How to propagate Hebe 'Silver Queen'


Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Hebe 'Silver Queen'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Autumn colour

Pot plant

Winter colour