Hebe ‘Red Edge’

9 Oct

Hebe 'Red Edge' Detail (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Hebe ‘Red Edge’ Detail (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 50cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Plantaginaceae

Hebe ‘Red Edge’ is a low growing, mound forming, evergreen shrub . Its grey/ silver leaves are obtuse with entire margins, up to 2cm long and has red margins. The redness of this plant becomes more prominent during the winter months. Its pale purple flowers appear on short spikes.

Hebe ‘Red Edge’, commonly known as the Shrubby Veronica, is most likely a hybrid between Hebe albicans and Hebe pimeleoides, both of which are from New Zealand. Hebe ‘Red Edge’ is synonymous with Hebe albicans ‘Red Edge’

The etymological root of the binomial name Hebe is derived from the Greek Goddess of youth.

The landscape architect may find Hebe ‘Red Edge’ useful as an effective low growing evergreen ground cover shrub. It may be used as a low formal or informal hedge. It is suitable for maritime climates. Once established this plant is drought tolerant. It should be protected from drying winds.

Hebe 'Red Edge' (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Hebe ‘Red Edge’ (08/09/2012, Kew Garden, London)

Ecologically, Hebe ‘Red Edge’ is attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Hebe ‘Red Edge’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Hebe ‘Red Edge’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It prefers a neutral to alkali pH of soil. It will tolerate poor soils.

Hebe ‘Red Edge’ requires little maintenance.

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