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Parahebe spp.

Parahebe catarractae2 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size




5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some pink white Parahebe flowers in a garden
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Speedwell Overview

Originally included in the Veronica genus, Parahebe is genus containing just one species of small semi-evergreen subshrub native to New Zealand. The single species, Parahebe catarractae is a are woody, mound-forming and spreading plant with a prostrate habit, simple, serrated leaves and small, saucer-shaped white flowers. Parahebe catarractae is commonly grown for its purple-tinged young foliage and purple-veined, 4-petalled, white flowers with red eyes. They prefer a sheltered position in full sun with well-draining soil.

How to propagate Speedwell



Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Special features of Speedwell

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Speedwell

Suitable for rock gardens. Suitable for coastal conditions.