Hebe - New Zealand Fire Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Springfield, MO
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Question by msr5245
October 27, 1999
I purchased a plant The tag says New Zealand Fire Plant and it also has the word hebe on it. I would like to know what it is and if it is dangerous around small children. The leaves are kinda waxy simalar to a succulent, but on long stems. The leaves are green and a very pale yellowish white color, it had blooms on it when I purchased of bright purple. The blooms came up on a stock in clusters. I is a very beatifull plant but I wanted to be sure of the safty of having it. If you need more information about plant from me please let me know. I am trying to set up a catalog file of what I have so I will know and also if someone is watching my children they will be able to find out quickly if there is a concern about a plant. Thank you for any help you can give.

Answer from NGA
October 27, 1999
It sounds like you may have the plant Hebe speciosa (or related cultivars), which is frequently grown as a greenhouse plant or houseplant. The references I consulted did not mention any particular toxicity, though that doesn't necessarily mean the plant isn't harmful if ingested.

Upon searching the web, I came across the site for The Hebe Society -- The Society for Hebes and Other Native Plants of New Zealand

You might contact them and see if they have further information.

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