Quicksilver Hebe Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver'

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


Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver', commonly known as Hebe, is a distinctive evergreen shrub known for its decorative appeal. The plant features small, rounded leaves with a silvery-gray hue that create a striking contrast against darker foliage or colorful blooms in a garden setting. These leaves are densely packed on slender, spreading branches, giving the shrub a lush, full appearance. During the warmer months, Hebe 'Quicksilver' produces a profusion of delicate flowers. The blooms are usually pale lilac to violet in color and arranged in small, tightly-clustered spikes at the tips of the branches. The flowers stand out beautifully from the shimmering silver leaves and are known to attract butterflies and other pollinators, adding to the plant's ornamental value. The overall impression of the Hebe 'Quicksilver' is one of a compact, bushy shrub that has both foliage and floral interest, making it a favored choice for adding texture and subtle color to garden borders, rockeries, or container displays. Its unique foliar coloration and the seasonal display of blooms contribute to its popularity among gardeners seeking a plant with year-round visual appeal.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Quicksilver Hebe, Spiny Hebe, Shrubby Veronica

    • Common names

      Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Information specific to Hebe or Veronica 'Quicksilver' toxicity to humans is not widely documented. While the Hebe genus contains many species with varying levels of toxicity, there is no consensus that they are particularly harmful to humans. However, as with many ornamental plants, they are not intended for consumption, and eating them could potentially cause mild stomach upset or an allergic reaction in some individuals. If ingestion occurs and any symptoms such as gastrointestinal distress appear, it is advisable to seek medical attention.

    • To pets

      Veronica 'Quicksilver', formerly known as Hebe, is not widely reported to be highly toxic to pets. However, pets, especially dogs and cats, may experience mild gastrointestinal upset if they ingest parts of the plant, including leaves or stems. While serious toxicity is uncommon, it is still best to prevent your pet from eating this plant. If your pet displays symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea after consuming the plant, consult your veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.6 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: The Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver' is prized for its attractive silvery-grey foliage and lavender-blue flowers, making it a popular choice for gardeners seeking visual interest.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant is known for being easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and tolerating a range of soil conditions.
    • Drought Resistance: It is relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for gardens in drier climates or for gardeners seeking water-wise plants.
    • Compact Size: With its small stature, it fits well in limited spaces, such as small gardens, borders, and containers.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers of Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver' can attract beneficial insects and pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, enhancing biodiversity.
    • Seasonal Interest: It provides year-round interest with its evergreen leaves and flowers that bloom in the summer, adding seasonal variety to a garden.
    • Versatility: This plant is versatile, suitable for creating low hedges, edging, mixed beds, and rockeries, offering a wide array of landscaping possibilities.

  • 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

    • Floral Arrangements: The 'Quicksilver' hebe's silvery foliage and small purple flowers can add unique texture and color contrast to bouquets and floral displays.
    • Craft Projects: The leaves and stems can be used in homemade wreaths or as part of a natural table centerpiece, especially during the holiday season.
    • Photography Prop: Its distinct foliage and structure can serve as an intriguing backdrop for macro or close-up photography, highlighting the plant's details.
    • Education: 'Quicksilver' hebe can be used as a specimen for botany education, demonstrating plant growth habits and structural characteristics in garden settings.
    • Eco-Friendly Dye: The leaves might be boiled down to extract natural dyes for fabric or paper, though this is not a common practice.
    • Garden Art: Trimmed clippings of 'Quicksilver' can be arranged into shapes or patterns on the ground as a form of temporary garden art.
    • Fairy Gardens: Due to its miniature foliage and attractive form, it can be integrated into fairy gardens to create a whimsical landscape.
    • Plant Photography: 'Quicksilver' hebe is an ideal subject for plant photographers looking to capture the essence of unique garden specimens.
    • Mindfulness Practices: Gardeners may use the act of caring for a 'Quicksilver' hebe to practice mindfulness and stress relief through focused attention on the plant.
    • Animal Habitat: Although primarily ornamental, 'Quicksilver' hebe can provide cover and nesting material for some small garden wildlife, such as insects.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Hebe 'Quicksilver' is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Hebe 'Quicksilver' is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Enduring Love: The Hebe plant oftentimes symbolizes enduring or everlasting love, likely due to its evergreen nature and longevity.
    • Youthfulness: Named after the Greek goddess Hebe, who was the goddess of youth, the plant represents youth and rejuvenation.
    • Protection: Some cultures consider Hebe to be a protective plant, guarding against negative influences or providing shelter due to its dense foliage.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Quicksilver plant requires moderate and consistent watering, especially during dry periods. It prefers well-drained soil, thus it's important not to overwater. Water the plant thoroughly once every week, making sure that the soil is moist but not waterlogged. Provide about 1 gallon of water per watering session for an established plant, adjusting for rainfall and temperature changes. During the growing season in spring and summer, you may need to water more frequently if the weather is particularly hot or dry.

  • sunLight

    Quicksilver plants thrive in full sun to partial shade. They perform best when situated in a spot where they receive at least six hours of sunlight daily. However, in extremely hot climates, they will appreciate some afternoon shade to protect them from intense, direct sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Quicksilver plants prefer a temperate climate and are hardy to USDA zone 8. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the ideal temperature range for this plant is between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Quicksilver plants benefit from light pruning to maintain their shape and encourage bushier growth. Prune in the late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches, and trim back about a third of the oldest stems to promote new growth. Pruning can be done annually as needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Quicksilver Hebe thrives in well-draining soil with a pH ranging from neutral to slightly alkaline. A mixture containing loam, peat, and sharp sand or perlite would be ideal to ensure good drainage and aeration. Regularly enriching the soil with compost will benefit plant health and flowering.

  • plantRepotting

    Quicksilver Hebe should be repotted every few years or when it has outgrown its container. It's best to repot in spring to early summer, which aligns with the plant's natural growth cycle.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Quicksilver Hebe prefers moderate humidity levels. While the plant is quite adaptable, it thrives best in a natural outdoor range rather than high indoor humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to partial shade; protect from harsh winter.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver', commonly known as simply Hebe 'Quicksilver', begins its life cycle when seeds germinate in spring or early summer. The seedlings develop into juvenile plants featuring small, silver-grey leaves and a compact growth habit. As they enter the mature phase, these shrubs produce branching stems and may reach up to 50cm in height and spread, and the leaves mature to exhibit their characteristic intense silver coloration. During late spring to summer, Hebe 'Quicksilver' matures and blooms, producing short spikes of lilac-blue to white flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, flowers may develop into small capsules containing seeds which, when mature, disperse to enable the cycle to begin anew. Over time, the plant may become woody and less vigorous, at which point propagation through cuttings can rejuvenate the population of the plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Hebe pimeleoides 'Quicksilver', commonly known as Quicksilver hebe, is through semi-ripe cuttings. This process typically takes place in the late summer. To propagate, one must select healthy, non-flowering shoots from the current year's growth and cut sections of about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long. The lower leaves of the cuttings are removed, and the base of the cutting is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth. These cuttings are then planted in a mix of perlite and peat, or a similar well-draining propagation medium, and kept under a plastic cover or in a propagator to maintain high humidity. The cuttings should be kept out of direct sunlight and at a consistent temperature until they've rooted well, which usually takes a few weeks. It is essential to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged during this period to prevent the cuttings from rotting.