Herb latin name: Hebe rakaiensis
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of Hebe rakaiensis:Rocky places at low altitudes in South Island.
Other uses of the herb:An excellent ground cover plant, though it takes about 2 years to form an effective cover. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way. It can also be grown as a dwarf hedge, tolerating gentle clipping.
Propagation of Hebe rakaiensis:Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in spring. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the young plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. It would probably be worthwhile giving some protection to the plant for its first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half ripe wood, 3 - 5cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up when roots are forming and keep in a frame or greenhouse for its first winter before planting out in late spring. Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn or winter in a frame.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocky places at low altitudes in South Island.
Medicinal use of Hebe rakaiensis:None known
Known hazards of Hebe rakaiensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.