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New Zealand hebe

Hebe speciosa

Showy hebe, Showy-speedwell (Eng.), 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
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

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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.

Geography

Origin
New Zealand

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
Pale pink to bright magenta. Also purple and blues.
Scent
None

Problems

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

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