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Hebe albicans


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (40062)

Plant details

This white-flowering New Zealand hebe makes a shapely, compact dome covered in grey-green leaves which are supplemented in June and early July by spikes of white flowers. It thrives in most gardens without extremes of dryness or moisture, and requires very little care, just a quick light trim in March. A good alternative is 'Red Edge' which has a dark red line around the edge of the leaf. Like most hebes, it makes an attractive pot plant. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Hebe

Species: albicans

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to take cuttings: July to September

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