Hebe speciosa (A.Cunn.) Cockayne & Allan


Accepted name: Veronica speciosa

Rounded shrub to 2 m tall. Leaves 5-10 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, elliptic to oblong or slightly obovate, leathery, leaf bud with a sinus, entire. Flower clusters lateral, mostly about 10 cm or so long; summer to autumn. Flowers purplish red, beetrootcoloured. [H. imperialis hort., H. 'Imperialis']

New Zealand

The cultivar H. 'Purpurea' is sometimes listed but of unknown origin.


H. townsonii (Cheeseman) Ckn from New Zealand is a shrub to 2.5 m tall with upright, yellow-stemmed branches. Leaves linear-lanceolate, to 8 cm long,1 cm wide, leathery, entire, margins slightly rolled under, the under-surface with a distinctive row of angled domatia just inside the margin. Flower clusters to 10 cm or so long; spring. Flowers white, occasionally pale mauve.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hebe speciosa 'Variegata'

Leaves mottled with shades of grey-green and dark green, the margin with an irregular cream line. [H. imperialis 'Variegata', H. 'Imperialis Variegata', H. 'Tricolor']

Recorded in catalogue of New Zealand nursery, Duncan and Davies, as early as 1926.