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Hebe odora (buxifolia)

Shrubby Veronica

Easy to grow, produces masses of white flowers

This small evergreen shrub has glossy, dark green leaves tightly packed on upright stems. Late May to July sees a lovely display of tiny white flowers adored by bees.


A versatile shrub for a sunny or lightly shaded position in a bed, border or container. Hebes are low maintenance plants native to New Zealand and great for coastal gardens.


Prefers a well-drained soil. Shelter from strong winds, especially during winter. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

The plant is commonly known as boxwood hebe, a name that it acquired due to its resemblance to the common box plant.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Rock garden, Gravel garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September