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Hebe spp.

Also known as

Veronica Shrub

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hebe Overview

These plants have been re-classified as being part of the Veronica genus and their name change was announced by NATAG (RHS Nomenclature and Taxonomy Advisory Group) in the December 2020 edition of The Plant Review. Hebe was a genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees that are native to New Zealand and other regions of the Southern Hemisphere. Fully to half-hardy, they are suitable for a wide range of garden situations from shrub borders to rock gardens. In mild areas, they are used for hedging and ground cover too. Some species are also suitable for container planting and, they will tolerate some pollution. Hebes have pairs of small, neat leaves and spikes of small tubular- or salver-shaped flowers - usually on spikes or panicles - that can be all shades of purple and blue, pink or white. They have been extensively cultivated and there are many varieties and hybrids available, often with colourful variegated foliage. Hebes prefer a slightly alkaline, and not too fertile, well-drained soil but they do need to be watered in the growing season if it's very dry. They are happy in full sun or partial shade and like to be sheltered from cold, dry winds. In general, however, they are a tolerant group of plants and have become very popular with gardeners worldwide. There are many cultivars available. Hebe is the largest plant genus in New Zealand, where there are thought to be around 13 species, although some estimates are much higher.

Common problems with Hebe

How to propagate Hebe




Special features of Hebe

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Hedge plant

Winter colour

Cultivars with attractive/interesting foliage.

Other uses of Hebe

Suitable for coastal conditions.

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