Friday, 6 August 2010
Hebe ‘Franciscana Variegata’ forms a fairly compact, rounded evergreen bush, about 2 ft (60 cm) high and wide. The variegated leaves are thick, oval-shaped and irregularly blotched with cream; 1.2–2 in (30–50 mm) long. The flowers are violet, fading to lilac or white.
The parents of this hybrid are Hebe elliptica and Hebe speciosa.
If this Hebe gets too straggly, I just cut it back as severely as guilt will allow, and it always rejuvenates successfully. Some specimens over the water race were cut to ground level, and a few months later were well on their way back to good health.