Hebe ID Please

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SCOTT761
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Hebe ID Please

Postby SCOTT761 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:38 am

Can anyone ID this Hebe please, it is covered in lovely small lilac and white flowers and is approx 2 1/2 to 3 feet in height and it has been covered in butterflies (mostly Red Admirals) as well as various other types of insects in recent weeks, my neighbour used to have a couple of Hebes in her garden but they have never attracted more than the odd butterfly although they were always covered in bees so I never really thought of them as a great butterfly plant but this one is a real butterfly magnet and has been attracting almost as many butterflies as the likes of Buddleja Davidii, Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' and Verbena Bonariensis, many thanks.
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essexbuzzard
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Re: Hebe ID Please

Postby essexbuzzard » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:03 pm

Not sure what kind of hebe it is, Scott,but what I would say is hebes are very easy to strike, from cuttings. Simply take a non-flowering shoot about 6 inches, or 15 cm., long, remove all leaves from lower two-thirds of the cutting and insert into a pot of compost, two-thirds deep. Water in, then put a polythene over it. Leave in a bright but not sunny position, and protect from frost. It will probably not root now until spring.


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