New Zealand Hebe
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This plant has no fragrance
New Zealand Hebe Overview
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. Previously known as Hebe speciosa, this plant's name change was announced by NATAG (RHS Nomenclature and Taxonomy Advisory Group) in the December 2020 edition of The Plant Review.
Common problems with New Zealand Hebe
Generally pest free. Diseases occasionally include leaf spot, downy mildew and root rot.
How to harvest New Zealand Hebe
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How to propagate New Zealand Hebe
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.
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 of New Zealand Hebe
Attracts useful insects
Attract insects such as bees.
Could be planted as a hedge or screen plant.
Can be grown in a large outdoor container, given sufficient drainage holes.
Relatively drought tolerant once well established.