Hebe hulkeana

Hebe hulkeana photographed by Chris Gill at Conway River Gorge, South Island, New Zealand

Hebe hulkeana (syn Heliohebe hulkeana) is an open, sprawling, evergreen shrub, reaching about 20 in (50 cm) high, and 60 in (150 cm) across. The spear-shaped leaves are dark shiny green; the leaf edges red and serrated. The stems are minutely hairy. Lilac flowers in spectacular large sprays, spring.

This hebe is found in the eastern side of the South Island of New Zealand, in Marlborough and North Canterbury, in cliffs and rocks. Hardy in the UK, but it needs a sunny, well-drained, airy position, to perform well, as it is susceptible to downy mildew.

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