Hebe Speciosa and Globulorai Sarcophylla - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Lealem Kebede
Oakland, CA
Question by lealemkebed
June 23, 2005
From the neighborhood Community College I bought two plants. I bought it because I liked its look, but I cannot find any information about it. It has been sitting in its small container since April. The tag on one says ?Hebe Speciosa? and the other is ?Globularia Sarcophylla? I do not know where I should plant them, what it?s like and dislike is, how big it grows or if it has fowers. Any information you can give me will be very much appreciated

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2005


Hebe speciosa is the variegated leaf Hebe. The nearly succulent-looking green leaves with creamy-white edges make this broadleaf evergreen shrub a delight even when not in flower. The purple-violet blooms are set off very strikingly against the variegated leaves, & are long-lasting in summer & autumn.

It eventually reaches reaches four by four feet with a tendency to be rather rounded. If never pruned at all, it can reach six feet, but becomes leggy a dead-looking center, so it needs a good sheering every couple years to keep it compact & in prime condition. It grows best in full sunshine but will tolerate morning shade.

Globularia sarcophylla isrom the eastern Mediterranean & Balkan Peninsula. It is best suited to well-drained soil or a rock garden. To 8? tall & 15? wide, it bears bright blue puff-balls in summer above densely packed, shiny, evergreen leaves. Its natural habitat is dry, stony grassland, so don?t baby it too much. Provide full sunshine for best performance. Enjoy!

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