DIF­FER­ENT HEBES

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The ma­jor­ity of hebe species come from New Zealand, with a few from South America and one from the Falk­land Is­lands. The leaves are usu­ally oval or lance-shaped, with a dis­tinct ridge along the cen­tre on the un­der­side. A group of hebes, called the ‘whip­cord’ hebes, have tiny, scale-like leaves and re­sem­ble conifers. They also dif­fer from the oth­ers be­cause the flow­ers are ar­ranged in clus­ters at the ends of the shoots. Most are white. Be­cause they flower on new growth, the ma­jor­ity of hebes flower from midsummer on­wards. Un­like most hardy shrubs, hebes do not form rest­ing buds in win­ter, the grow­ing point being cov­ered by pairs of leaves which are at­tached along their edges to en­close the grow­ing tip. Hebes vary in their tol­er­ance of prun­ing, many of the small-leaved hebes fail­ing to re­sprout when pruned hard.

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