Hebe townsonii

Hebe townsonii photographed at The Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, Cheshire, UK

Hebe townsonii forms an erect, evergreen shrub, growing to 40 in (1 m) or more. The light green leaves are narrow, spear-shaped, 1.6–2.8 in (4–7 cm) long. The flowers are pale lilac, fading to white, summer.

This is one of the easiest hebes to identify, due to the two lines of small pits (domatia) on the underside of the leaves. In the wild it grows on limestone rocks on Mount Messenger, Taranaki, North Island, and near Westport, South Island, New Zealand.

Hardiness = H4      UK Availability = 1

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