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New Zealand Hebe

Veronica speciosa

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

    We got stuck with this one. Let us know if you could find anything to harvest!

    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.

    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.

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