Hebe 'Red Edge' Hebe 'Red Edge'

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


'Red Edge' is a small evergreen shrub with oblong, blue-grey leaves which are margined with red, especially in winter. Flowers pale mauve fading to white, in short spikes

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Shrubby Veronica, Hebe

    • Common names

      Hebe 'Red Edge'

  • 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

    • Decorative foliage: The plant has attractive grey-green leaves with red edges, adding visual interest to gardens.
    • Attracts wildlife: Hebe 'Red Edge' can attract butterflies and bees, supporting local biodiversity.
    • Low maintenance: It is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and watering once established.
    • Drought tolerant: Once established, the plant has good tolerance to drought, making it suitable for drier climates.
    • Year-round interest: With evergreen foliage and seasonal blooms, it provides interest throughout the year.
    • Compact size: Its small to medium size makes it ideal for borders, pots or small garden spaces.
    • Versatile planting: It can be used in a variety of garden styles, including formal, cottage, and coastal gardens.

  • 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 small, colorful leaves and delicate flowers of Hebe can be used to add texture and interest to floral arrangements.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The distinct foliage and hues of Red Edge Hebe can serve as a unique subject for photography, painting, and other visual arts.
    • Educational Tool: Gardeners and educators can use Hebe 'Red Edge' to teach principles of plant care, pruning techniques, and horticultural practices.
    • Holiday Decor: Its red-edged leaves can complement festive decorations during the holiday season, especially in Christmas arrangements.
    • Bonsai: Some enthusiasts may use Hebe 'Red Edge' for bonsai due to its compact growth habit and attractive foliage.
    • Culinary Garnish: While not commonly eaten, the leaves can occasionally be used as a non-toxic garnish for culinary presentation.
    • Miniature Gardens: Perfect for fairy gardens or miniature landscapes due to its small size and ornamental qualities.
    • Gift Plant: Potted Hebe 'Red Edge' plants can be offered as living gifts for various occasions, symbolizing beauty and endurance.
    • Wildlife Shelter: The dense foliage can provide shelter for small garden wildlife, such as beneficial insects and nesting birds.
    • Photographic Backdrops: Hebe 'Red Edge' can be grown as a garden backdrop to enhance the aesthetic of outdoor photography.

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

    • Youth and Vigor: Hebe, the goddess of youth after whom the Hebe plant is named, symbolizes eternal youth and the rejuvenating qualities of nature. 'Red Edge' as a variation represents a nuanced energy and vibrancy implied by its lively colored foliage.
    • Endurance and Resilience: Hebe 'Red Edge' is known for its hardiness in various environments, making it emblematic of one’s ability to endure challenges and bounce back.
    • New Beginnings: As a plant that can weather tough conditions and still produce fresh, colorful leaves, it is often associated with fresh starts and the beginning of new endeavors with optimism.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Hebe 'Red Edge', commonly known as Shrubby veronica, should be watered deeply but infrequently, ensuring the soil has a chance to dry out slightly between waterings. Aim for about 1 gallon of water per plant every week during the growing season, though this may need to be adjusted depending on weather conditions such as heat or drought. In colder months or when the plant is not actively growing, reduce watering to every other week or as needed to keep the soil lightly moist, but never soggy.

  • sunLight

    Shrubby veronica thrives best in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade. It performs well when it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, but can tolerate light dappled shade, particularly in the afternoon during the hottest part of the day. Place it in a location where it can get adequate light without being exposed to harsh midday sun that might scorch its leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Shrubby veronica prefers a temperate climate and can generally handle temperatures between 30°F to 70°F. It is hardy to about 15°F but should be protected from extreme cold. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 50°F and 65°F, where it can grow comfortably without the risk of frost or heat stress.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Shrubby veronica promotes healthy growth and maintains its compact shape. Trim the plant lightly after it flowers to encourage bushiness and remove any dead or damaged stems. Typically, pruning is done annually or after the flowering season, although shaping can be done as needed throughout the year to keep the plant looking tidy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Hebe 'Red Edge' should be well-draining with a mixture of loam, peat, and sharp sand to facilitate drainage. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.5 to 7.0. Adding organic matter can enhance soil fertility and structure, benefiting the plant's growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Hebe 'Red Edge' should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when it has outgrown its current pot. Younger plants may require more frequent repotting, while mature plants can be repotted less often, especially if they are planted in the ground.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Hebe 'Red Edge' can tolerate a range of humidity conditions, but thrives best in moderate to high humidity levels. This shrubby perennial does not require excessively high humidity and can adapt to the typical outdoor ambient humidity in its growing regions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light, ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil; protect from harsh winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Hebe 'Red Edge', also known as Shrubby Veronica, begins with germination, where seeds sprout in moist, well-drained soil in spring or early summer. Following germination, the seedling phase sees the establishment of a root system and the emergence of the first true leaves. As the plant enters its vegetative stage, it develops a woody structure and oval-shaped leaves with red margins, which is characteristic of the 'Red Edge' cultivar. The flowering stage occurs in late spring to summer, with Hebe 'Red Edge' producing spikes of small lavender to white flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the plant may produce small, inconspicuous fruits with seeds that can disperse to give rise to new plants. Finally, once mature, the Hebe 'Red Edge' can reach a height of around 50 cm and has a lifespan of several years, with the possibility of becoming woody and less attractive as it ages, thus potentially requiring rejuvenation through pruning or propagating cuttings.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method for propagating Hebe 'Red Edge' is through semi-ripe cuttings. The ideal time to take these cuttings is in the late summer. To do this, select a healthy, non-flowering shoot and cut a segment approximately 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) long, just below a leaf node. The lower leaves should be removed, and the cut end may be dipped in rooting hormone powder to encourage root development. The cutting should then be placed in a well-draining potting mixture, ensuring that a few leaf nodes are buried beneath the soil surface. The pot should be placed in a warm, partially shaded location and kept moist until roots have established, after which it can be potted on or eventually planted out.