Shrubby Veronica (Hebe)
Hebe is a group of about 90 species native to New Zealand, French Polynesia, the Falkland Islands, and South America. It is the largest plant genus in New Zealand. H. salicifolia and H. elliptica. There are differing classifications for the genus and some botanists include Hebe, together with the related Australasian genera Chionohebe, Derwentia, Detzneria, Parahebe, Heliohebe and Leonohebe, in the larger genus Veronica.
Hebe is usally a rounded evergreen shrub. Flowers are spiky, and will often change color as they mature, so the flower spike may appear to be white towards the bottom and lavender or pink towards the top. Plants can range from 1-2 foot dwarf shrubs (which we will list here) to small trees up to 20 feet (can be special ordered). Flowers are usually lavender, purple or white and are grown in many differing climates and ecosystems, but prefer full sun. They tolerate shade, but get leggy and have fewer flowers when they have too much shade. Large-leaved species are normally found on the coast, in lowlands and forest edges, while smaller-leaved species at higher altitudes.
Hebes attract butterflies, love full sun or part shade, and are fine with most soil types, from clay to sand to rocks. Drought tolerant, they can also accept low water or moderate water without problems. They usually need good drainage, so if you have clay soil, plant on a slope, in a container, or on a hillside. Easy to propagate from seed or cuttings.
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