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Hebe

Hebe spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Hebe
A photo of Hebe
A photo of Hebe
A photo of Hebe
A photo of Hebe

Overview

Hebe is a genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees that are native to New Zealand and other regions of the Southern Hemisphere. They are suitable for a wide range of garden situations from shrub borders to rock gardens. In mild areas, they are used for hedging and ground cover too. Some species are also suitable for container planting and, they will tolerate some pollution. Hebes have pairs of small leaves and spikes of small tubular- or salver-shaped flowers that can be all shades of purple and blue, pink or white. They have been extensively cultivated and there are many varieties and hybrids available, often with colourful variegated foliage. Hebes prefer a slightly alkaline, and not too fertile, well-drained, soil but do need to be watered in the growing season if it's very dry. They are happy in full sun or partial shade and like to be sheltered from cold, dry winds. In general however, they are a tolerant group of plants and have become very popular with gardeners worldwide. Hebe is the largest plant genus in New Zealand, where there are thought to be around 13 species, although some estimates are much higher.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

Seed

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

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