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HEBED speciosad 'Tricolor'

Image of Hebed speciosad 'Tricolor'

Family

Plantaginaceae

Botanical Name

HEBED speciosad 'Tricolor'

Plant Common Name

Showy Speedwell, Tricolor Hebe

General Description

Tricolor hebe is a New Zealand native plant with a dense, rounded habit and glossy gray-green leaves with white margins and undersides of grayish lavender. In summer, butterflies are attracted to its spikes of small violet-purple flowers. In winter, the leaves also blush purple on leaf undersides.

A drought-tolerant evergreen plant that is useful for a low hedge, the foundation or mixed border, hebe needs an alkaline soil. Plant in full sun and away from drying winter winds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m (4)

  • Width

    4'-0' / 1.2m - 0.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Gray Green, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Gray Green, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No