The genus is named after the Greek goddess of youth, Hebe. There are differing classifications for the genus and some botanists include Hebe, together with the related Australasian genera Chionohebe, Derwentia, Detzneria, Parahebe, Heliohebe and Leonohebe, in the larger genus Veronica (hence its common name 'Shrubby veronica').
Hebe has four perpendicular rows of leaves in opposite decussate pairs. The flowers are perfect, the corolla usually has four slightly unequal lobes, the flower has two stamens and a long style. Flowers are arranged in a spiked inflorescence. Identification of Hebe species is difficult, especially if they are not in flower.
The plants range in size from dwarf shrubs to small trees up to 7 metres, and are distributed from coastal to alpine ecosystems. Large-leaved species are normally found on the coast, in lowland scrub and along forest margins. At higher altitudes smaller-leaved species grow, and in alpine areas there are whipcord species with leaves reduced to thick scales.
Hebes are grown in many gardens and public areas; they attract butterflies. Hebes cope with most soil types, and can be propagated easily from both seed and cuttings. Wild Hebe hybrids are uncommon; however, there are many cultivated hybrids, such as Hebe × franciscana 'Blue Gem', shown here.
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What a great color!ReplyDelete
such a wonderful plant and blossoms. Great !
Beautiful blue - the leaves are lovely too!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting....
Happy weekend to you!
It is a great plant family Nick! For every spot the right Hebe. Love the blue purple colour. So useful in the borders. Groetjes HettyReplyDelete
I did not know Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth, interesting. Lovely color, even the buds. Sorry no flower posts from me today, it's all cats and root beer barrels.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! They look like flowers I've seen here, but reading your info,, maybe I'm wrong. Thank you for hosting!ReplyDelete
Eine tolle exotische Blüte...ReplyDelete
Liebe Grüße, Karin
I like them but have not had success. Quite beautiful plants.ReplyDelete
So beautiful, i like the Color, dear Nick!ReplyDelete
Have a Fine weekend ... greetings from Germany, Frauke
such a beautiful color of this plant.
As always I enjoyed all of these interesting facts about this plant.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Best wishes - Julia
I am delighted to be introduced to this beauty. I haven't seen this one before. Thank you Nick, and for the info too.ReplyDelete
What a beauty flower/plant this HEBE.
I've never seen before. - I like this very much.
After a long time, I post a flower.
Nick, love the color. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
The color of the blooms on this plant are magnificent Nick. The foliage is to be desired too.ReplyDelete
Very pretty purple petals! Thanks for hosting. :DReplyDelete
Heisann, so elegant and beautiful... have a nice weekend ;:OD)ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend/Marika
beautiful flower and colour..ReplyDelete
have a nice weekend
I like this great Flower und the color is so beautiful. It ist so great to see all this nice Flowers here.ReplyDelete
Have a great week!