Information On Hebe 'pinnochio' - Knowledgebase Question

Tualatin, OR
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Question by dkraft
March 31, 2000
Hi! My roomate just came home with six 1 gallon Hebes, variety 'Pinnochio'. They are a fleshy-leaved, variegated plant. The nursery tag says that they have purple flowers, but nothing else. I can't find this variety on-line, or in my Sunset Garden Book. Can you provide any further details (i.e. light requirements, eventual size, how far apart to plant them, etc.)?

Answer from NGA
March 31, 2000
Hebe, also called shrub Veronica, is one of those utilitarian garden plants that grows equally well in acidic or alkaline soils, as long as they're well-draining. Provide full sun to part afternoon shade, and expect a mature size of about 3' in all directions. Spikes of purple flowers should appear in early summer and continue through autumn. With a few exceptions, hebes are hardy to zone 7 but you may need to provide some winter protection for your plants if they're growing in a low, or especially cold spot in the garden. To give each plant ample room to reach full size in the landscape, I'd set them 3' apart.

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