Hebe Oratia Beauty Hebe 'Oratia Beauty'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
hebe 'Oratia Beauty'


Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' is a visually striking plant known for its lush, glossy foliage and showy flower spikes. The leaves of this Hebe are a deep green color, with a thick, broad, and somewhat spear-shaped appearance that gives the plant a dense and robust look. Once the flowering season begins, 'Oratia Beauty' becomes even more spectacular, as it boasts an abundance of purple flowers. These blossoms are small but numerous, forming elongated clusters that stand out against the greenery, attracting both visual interest and various pollinators to the garden. The overall impression of Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' is of a plant that is both elegant and hearty, with a vibrant interplay of color and form that can add beauty to any garden setting.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Oratia Beauty Hebe, Shrubby Veronica

    • Common names

      Hebe 'Oratia Beauty'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Hebe 'Oratia Beauty', more commonly known simply as Hebe, is not widely recognised as a toxic plant to humans. While no severe toxicity is typically associated with Hebes, it is still advised that no parts of the plant are ingested. If ingested in large quantities, they may cause mild stomach upset, nausea, or vomiting due to the presence of saponins and other plant compounds. Always exercise caution and keep plants out of reach of young children who might accidentally consume plant parts.

    • To pets

      Hebe 'Oratia Beauty', known generally as Hebe, is not regarded as a highly toxic plant to pets. However, as with many ornamental plants, it can cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested in significant amounts. Symptoms might include vomiting and diarrhea, but severe toxicity is unusual. Still, it is wise to prevent your pets from eating any parts of this plant to avoid any potential discomfort. If your pet shows signs of illness after consuming any part of a Hebe, consult with a veterinarian.

  • 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


    • Low Maintenance: Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' is known for requiring minimal upkeep, making it ideal for gardeners seeking plants that do not demand constant attention.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has a good level of drought resistance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers of Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' attract beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, which are essential for pollination.
    • Year-Round Interest: This plant provides visual interest throughout the year with its evergreen foliage and seasonal flowers.
    • Versatility: It can be used in various landscape applications, including borders, ground cover, and as a specimen plant.
    • Compact Size: Its relatively small size makes it suitable for gardens with limited space, as well as for container gardening.
    • Colorful Blooms: The plant produces attractive purple or violet flowers that can add a splash of color to any garden setting.

  • 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

    • Hebe can be used to create miniature and fairy gardens, giving a whimsical appearance due to its compact size and attractive foliage.
    • It can be shaped into low hedges or borders that define paths or garden beds, providing structure in landscape design.
    • The plant can be grown in containers on patios or balconies where its evergreen foliage and flowers add color and interest.
    • Hebe can be used in coastal gardens since it is tolerant of sea spray and can thrive in such challenging conditions.
    • Hebe's dried flowers are sometimes used in floral arrangements for a long-lasting natural decoration.
    • It can be a host plant for butterflies and moths, encouraging biodiversity in a garden setting.
    • This plant can serve as a living mulch, with its dense growth habit suppressing weeds and conserving soil moisture.
    • Hebe can help in erosion control on slopes and banks due to its root system that helps stabilize the soil.
    • They can be utilized in sensory gardens, where the variety of foliage textures, colors, and flowers appeal to the senses.
    • Crafting bonsai plants with Hebe can be an intriguing challenge for enthusiasts due to its adaptable nature and attractive form.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Hebe is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Hebe is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Youth: The name "Hebe" comes from the Greek goddess of youth, and thus the plant is often associated with freshness and rejuvenation.
    • Endurance: Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' is known for its resilience and ability to withstand various conditions, symbolizing endurance and adaptability.
    • Protection: With its evergreen foliage, this plant is thought to symbolize protection and eternal life, offering a sense of safety and continuity.
    • New Beginnings: The plant's growth and periodic blooming can represent fresh starts and new opportunities, perfect for those embarking on new ventures.

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

    Hebe 'Oratia Beauty', also known as Oratia Beauty, prefers moist soil that is well-draining. During the growing season in spring and summer, water the plant thoroughly once the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This might be approximately every week, depending on climate conditions. Using gallons as a measure, a general rule might be to provide about 1 gallon of water every 7 to 10 days for outdoor plants, adjusting for rainfall and high temperatures that could increase watering needs. During winter, reduce watering to every couple of weeks or so to prevent waterlogged soil which can cause root rot.

  • sunLight

    Oratia Beauty thrives in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade. It's ideal to position it where it can enjoy morning sunlight and some afternoon shade, especially in hotter regions to prevent leaf scorch. Inside, a south or west-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light is perfect for maintaining healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Oratia Beauty prefers mild temperatures and is frost-hardy. It can tolerate a temperature range from around 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, but the ideal temperature range for this plant is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Protection from harsh winter winds and extreme cold is beneficial for its survival.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Oratia Beauty to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cut back the tips of the branches by a few inches, and remove any dead or damaged wood. Pruning can be done annually, or whenever necessary to maintain the desired shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' thrives best in well-draining soil with a slight preference for alkalinity, targeting a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. A mix of garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or pumice can ensure both good drainage and the right pH balance for this shrub.

  • plantRepotting

    'Oratia Beauty' hebe plants are relatively slow-growing and do not require frequent repotting. Assess the need for repotting every 2-3 years, and repot in spring if the plant has outgrown its current pot or the soil has degraded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Hebes, including 'Oratia Beauty', prefer moderate to high humidity levels but are quite adaptable. They typically thrive in ambient outdoor humidity levels without the need for additional humidity control.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place 'Oratia Beauty' in bright light, away from drafts.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil with partial to full sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' begins with seed germination, which requires a conducive environment with proper temperature, moisture, and light conditions. Once the seed germinates, a seedling emerges and develops true leaves; during this juvenile phase, the plant focuses on root and foliage growth. As it matures, it enters the vegetative stage, during which it develops a robust bushy structure with dense, glossy green leaves. The Hebe 'Oratia Beauty' then progresses to the flowering stage, typically from early to mid-summer, showcasing spikes of purple or violet flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, it produces small capsules containing seeds, completing its reproductive phase. Lastly, as a perennial shrub, it will enter a period of dormancy during colder months, reducing growth and metabolic activity to conserve energy, before resuming its cycle with new growth in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Hebe 'Oratia Beauty', a charming shrub known for its attractive foliage and flowers, can be effectively propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is most successful when carried out in late summer to early fall, ensuring that the cutting has enough time to root before the onset of winter. To propagate, select a healthy stem with new growth, and cut a 3 to 5 inch (about 7.5 to 12.5 cm) section just below a leaf node. Remove the lower leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting should then be inserted into a pot filled with a mix of peat and perlite or sand, providing adequate drainage. The pot needs to be placed in a warm, well-lit environment, avoiding direct sunlight, and kept consistently moist. Roots typically form within a few weeks, after which the new Hebe plant can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions.