Hebe Hebe 'Nicola's Blush'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
hebe 'Nicola's Blush'


Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' is an ornamental plant known for its eye-catching foliage and flowers. The plant displays a dense, compact form with branches that bear small, glossy, oval-shaped leaves. The foliage is predominantly green, but the most distinctive feature of the leaves is the hint of blush-pink margins that give the plant its name. This variegation adds visual interest and can become more pronounced when the plant is exposed to cooler temperatures or during different seasons. Flowering predominantly in the late spring to early summer, Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' produces spikes of delicate blossoms. The small flowers are tightly packed in conical clusters and emerge in shades of white that may have a whisper of pale pink blended in. These blooms are often visited by bees and butterflies, making this Hebe variety not only a visual delight but also a contributor to supporting local pollinators. Though the plant is evergreen, which means it will retain its leaves throughout the year, the intensity of the colors and the display of flowers offer a dynamic show which changes throughout the seasons. This versatility in appearance combined with its dense and lush foliage makes 'Nicola's Blush' suitable for creating borders, accent features in a garden, or when planted en masse for a swath of color and texture.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Shrubby Veronica, Hebe

    • Common names

      Hebe 'Nicola's Blush'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', commonly known as Hebe, is not widely reported to be toxic to humans. However, as with many garden plants, it is prudent to avoid ingestion and to supervise children to ensure they do not consume any parts of the plant. If someone does ingest Hebe, they may experience mild gastrointestinal discomfort, though serious toxicity is unlikely.

    • To pets

      Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', also known as Hebe, has no known specific toxicity to pets such as dogs and cats. While it is not considered highly toxic, it is always advisable to prevent pets from eating plants. Ingestion of plant material can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal upset in pets, such as vomiting or diarrhea, as a general response to the ingestion of non-food items.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.91 meters

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' features attractive foliage and pale pink to white flowers that add beauty to any landscape.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners with limited time.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers provide nectar for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing biodiversity.
    • Compact Growth: Its manageable size makes it ideal for small gardens, containers, or as a border plant.
    • Evergreen: It retains its leaves all year round, providing continuous interest and color even in the colder months.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Versatility: Suitable for various garden styles, including formal, cottage, and coastal gardens.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides a long flowering period, typically from spring to summer, adding seasonal interest to the garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crafts: The stems and foliage of Hebe can be used in floral arrangements and wreaths for decorative purposes.
    • Teaching Tool: Educators may use Hebe plants to teach students about plant biology, horticulture, and the importance of pollinators as they attract a variety of bees and insects.
    • Garden Design: Hebe can be used in a monochromatic garden design, complementing plants with similar pastel and purple hues to create a visually soothing landscape.
    • Photography: The plant's flowers and structure offer a picturesque quality and serve as an excellent subject for photographers specializing in botanical and garden photography.
    • Themed Gardens: Hebe fits well into fairy or miniature gardens due to its compact size and appealing shape, adding a magical element to these themed areas.
    • Seasonal Displays: As they bloom in late spring to summer, Hebes can be incorporated into seasonal garden displays, offering a splash of color when many other plants are not in peak bloom.
    • Sensory Gardens: With its soft foliage and colorful flowers, Hebe is suitable for sensory gardens where visitors are encouraged to touch, smell, and observe different plant textures and scents.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Planting Hebe can create a habitat for local fauna, providing shelter and food for small mammals and beneficial insects.
    • Green Roofing: Some species of Hebe, due to their hardiness and low maintenance, can be used in green roofing projects, adding biodiversity and visual appeal to rooftops.
    • Bonsai: Enthusiasts of bonsai may find Hebe an interesting challenge to shape and train due to its dense foliage and shrubby growth habit.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Hebe plant is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Hebe plant is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Youthfulness: The Hebe plant is named after the Greek goddess of youth, Hebe, which signifies a youthful spirit and fresh beginnings.
    • Vitality: With its robust growth and vibrant flowers, Hebe symbolizes vigor and the life force.
    • Enduring Affection: The resilience of Hebe, which blooms for an extended period, can represent long-lasting love and devotion.
    • Unity: Certain varieties of Hebe produce flowers that blend multiple hues, signifying the blending of hearts or unity in diversity.
    • Protection: In mythology, Hebe granted gods eternal youth, and so the plant can be associated with warding off aging and providing protection.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For Veronica 'Nicola's Blush', water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry, which typically is about once a week during the growing season. During the winter months, reduce watering to every two weeks or when the soil is dry to avoid waterlogging. Apply about two gallons of water for medium-sized plants to ensure even soil moisture. In hotter, dryer conditions, you may need to water more frequently, and less often in cooler, cloudier weather. Always avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Veronica 'Nicola's Blush' thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. Ideally, plant it in a location where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight daily, but still has some protection from the intense heat of the afternoon sun. The plant will be at its healthiest and most vibrant when provided with the right balance of light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Veronica 'Nicola's Blush' is hardy and can cope with a range of temperatures, but it does best in conditions between 50°F and 70°F. While it can survive temperatures down to 30°F, prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures or extreme heat above 80°F should be avoided. Providing protection or moving the plant to a more suitable environment can help ensure its longevity.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Veronica 'Nicola's Blush' is essential to maintain its shape and encourage new growth and flowering. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Trim back the previous year's growth by about one-third to one-half to keep the plant compact and to promote bushier growth. Pruning more than once a year is generally not necessary unless you are removing dead or damaged limbs.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', commonly known as Veronica, thrives in well-draining soil with a mix of loam, peat, and perlite or sand. It prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH ranging from 6.5 to 7.5. Enhance the mix with compost for extra nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Veronica, or Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', typically requires repotting every 2 to 3 years. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the previous to avoid overwatering issues. Spring is the best time to repot this plant.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Veronica, also known as Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable. Strive for humidity levels around 40-50% for optimal growth, avoiding excessively dry environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      For Veronica, ensure bright indirect light, occasional prune, well-draining pot.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Veronica in well-drained soil; partial sun; shelter from harsh winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' begins its life cycle with seed germination, where it requires warm temperatures and sufficient moisture to sprout. After germination, it enters a juvenile phase, where it rapidly grows foliage and develops a root system. As it matures, the plant enters a vegetative stage, producing characteristic green foliage and beginning to form its structure. The next critical phase is the flowering stage, during which 'Nicola's Blush' produces its distinctive pinkish-white flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the plant may produce small seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. Finally, Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' reaches a senescence stage where growth slows down and the plant may eventually die, although with proper care, this variety can be long-lived in the garden setting.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Hebe 'Nicola's Blush', a popular garden shrub known for its attractive foliage and flowers, is commonly propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. The best time to take cuttings for propagation is in the late summer or early autumn. To propagate by cuttings, a gardener should select healthy, semi-hardwood stems and cut a length of approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), just below a leaf node. The lower leaves are then stripped off, and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then placed in a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix, ensuring that the leaf nodes where the leaves were removed are buried in the soil. The pot should be kept in a warm, humid environment, out of direct sunlight, and the soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which the new Hebe 'Nicola's Blush' plants can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions before being planted out in their final position.