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Parahebe


Perennials, Flowers

These evergreen perennials were formerly classified as Hebe, and before that as Veronica. Regardless of their name, they are a fine choice for the front of borders, among stones, or trailing over walls. Plants form loosely sprawling, leafy mounds and bloom profusely insummer, bearing small (1/2 in.),saucer-shaped flowers. Cutback any frost-damaged stemsto near base of plant.

Parahebe catarractae 'Alba', photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto
Parahebe catarractae 'Alba', photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto

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Parahebe catarractae

From New Zealand. To 1 ft. high, 2 ft. wide, with narrow dark green leaves. Flowers are white with blue or pink veining and a red eye, carried in clusters to 4 in. long. Stems root where they touch moist soil. If plants begin looking leggy, you can cut them back somewhat, but not as severely as P. perfoliata.

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