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Hebe Purple Shamrock

Shrubby Veronica

Spring foliage is purple turning green and cream later

This compact evergreen hebe has striking, slender, yellow edged, leaves with purple and green colouring, which looks gorgeous against its purple stems which turn a deeper purple in early spring. Pale mauve flowers appear in summer and are popular with butterflies and bees.


A versatile shrub for a sunny or lightly shaded 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.

This plant, discovered by Doug Thomson of Irish Garden Plants is a sport of the popular Hebe 'Mrs Winder'.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering July - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 45 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

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, 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