Hebe macrantha

Hebe macrantha photographed at Jack Drake’s Alpine Nursery, Aviemore, Scotland, UK

Hebe macrantha forms an open, upright evergreen bush up to 24 in (60 cm) high, with a marked tendency to become leggy (lose its lower leaves). The leaves are thick, green, toothed, and broadly lance-shaped, 0.6–0.8 in (1.5–2 cm) long, with red edges. The flowers are white and about 1 in (2.5 cm) across, early summer. A hebe hardy in the UK.

Found in subalpine scrub in Nelson, Marlborough and Otago, South Island, New Zealand. Any shortcomings in its habit are forgiven while it is in flower – a true spectacle.

Hebes L  Hebes M  Hebes N

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