Hebe recurva ‘Aoira’

Hebe recurva ‘Aoira’ photographed at The Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, Cheshire, UK

Hebe recurva ‘Aoira’ forms a tight dome of grey, evergreen foliage, about 24 in (60 cm) or more high. The grey leaves are, narrow and spear-shaped, 0.8–1.6 in (2–4 cm) long. The white flowers are seen in July to August. A hebe hardy in the UK.

This hebe comes from the north-west area of Nelson, to the north of South Island, New Zealand. Aoira is the usual form grown in the UK, and differs little from the species. Its cultivar name is a corruption of Aorere, where the shrub is found along the riverbanks.

It is closely related to Hebe albicans, and recent research now includes Hebe recurva with Hebe albicans.

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