New Zealand Hebe
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.
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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.
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.
Attracts useful insects
Attract insects such as bees.
Could be planted as a hedge or screen plant.
Can be grown in a large outdoor container, given sufficient drainage holes.
Relatively drought tolerant once well established.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Pink, Purple, Blue
Generally pest free. Diseases occasionally include leaf spot, downy mildew and root rot.