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Hebe Genus

Hebe

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Hebe genus. These are herbaceous perennials and shrubs. Hebes are evergreen shrubs with neat, attractive leaves and which will often produce very showy flowers which will bloom in the summer. They produce abundant spikes of small flowers which range from white, pink, violet or blue from summer to the autumn season. Grown for their flowers and foliage. Grows well in coastal areas. Smaller species and cultivars are good for rock gardens. Fully to half hardy. Requires full sun and well drained soil. Growth may be restricted, or leggy plants tidied by cutting back in spring. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Other common names

Veronica shrub

Origin

New Zealand

Interest and use

Grown for their often dense spikes, panicles or racemes of flowers and their foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

Growth may be restricted, or leggy plants tidied. by cutting back in spring.

Propagation

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to root rot and aphids.

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