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Commonly known as Shrubby veronica
Genus of about 100 species of evergreen shrubs from a wide variety of habitats ranging from rocky sites and cliffs to scrub and grassland.
They are found from coastal areas to mountain regions, mainly in New Zealand, but also in S. E. Australia, New Guinea and South America.
Can be used as hedging and ground cover in milder, coastal areas and are good container subjects. The "whipcord" types are ideal for rock gardens.
Butterflies are attracted to the tubular flowers in shades of white to pink, blue, purple or red.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.Pests & DiseasesAphids, leaf spot, downy mildew, Phytophthora root rot.Place of originNew Zealand, southeastern Australia, New Guinea, South America.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilPoor to moderately fertile.Neutral to alkaline soil
Buy Varieties of HEBE
dense rounded shrub with glaucous leaves and spikes of white flowers
dense blue-grey leaves margined red in winter. Lilac-white flowers
compact habit with mauve flowers
red tinted young leaves and spikes of violet flowers
('Youngii') - compact habit and violet flowers with a white throat. Makes good ground cover
('Silver Queen') - a spreading bushy shrub ideal for window boxes. Leaves edged creamy-white and violet flower spikes
stout branches and bright yellowish-gold foliage. White flowers
white with blue green leaves
denser more rounded habit than 'Pagei' with grey-green leaves
dense shrub from New Zealand with bright green leaves and white flowers in profusion in mid-summer
grey-green leaves edged with cream and pink. Young leaves turn deep red in winter
bright rose-purple flowers over a long period
pink flowers over a long period during summer. Compact small bushy shrub
racemes of violet flowers and pale green shoots
white flowers in early summer. Effective in mass plantings