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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Sunset zones: 5, 6, 14-24.
USDA zones: 8-10.
Height: 2.5 ft (75 cm). Width: 3 ft (90 cm).
Late summer to early fall bloom.
Axillary spikes of 3 to 4-inch long purple flowers.
Glossy, evergreen leaves are 3 to 3 ½-inches long. New foliage is flushed red and turns green as it matures.
Moist, fertile, well-drained soil.
Root semi-ripe cuttings using bottom heat in late summer or early fall.
Little to no pruning necessary. If plant becomes ragged looking, cut back hard to rejuvenate foliage.
Pests and Diseases:
Aphids, leaf spot, root rot and powdery mildew may be problems.
Rainy Side Notes
This hebes foliage looks good year round, making it a first-rate plant. In spring new growth shows tints of red in the leaves. Fantastic spikes of purple flowers begin in late summer and continue into the fall. Hebes are choice plants for the seashore garden and makes a fine container plant.
Photographed in author's garden.