New Zealand Hebe

Hebe speciosa

Showy Hebe, Showy-Speedwell, Hebe (Afr.)

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As a unique, attractive plant, the New Zealand hebe is grown as an ornamental for its showy flowers. Although this plant is native to New Zealand it can be grown in temperate gardens across the world as a filler shrub, an individual ornamental plant in the garden or on a patio, or as a hedge or screening plant. This aesthetically pleasing plant is a great addition to any temperate garden, easy to manage and attractive to various insects and wildlife.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

We got stuck with this one. Let us know if you could find anything to harvest!

Propagation

Seed

Sow the seed in a greenhouse in spring. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle.

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood cuttings, 3 - 5cm long and with a heel(piece of bark from older stem) will root if taken in Autumn. Allow to grow strong during first winter in pots.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attract insects such as bees.

Hedge plant

Could be planted as a hedge or screen plant.

Pot plant

Can be grown in a large outdoor container, given sufficient drainage holes.

Drought resistant

Relatively drought tolerant once well established.

Special features

Origin

New Zealand

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest free. Diseases occasionally include leaf spot, downy mildew and root rot.