Hebe Sapphire Hebe 'Sapphire'

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


The Hebe 'Sapphire' is an attractive evergreen shrub that is noted for its striking foliage and flowers. The leaves of this plant are glossy and oval-shaped with a deep green hue that creates a dense, lush look throughout the year. These leaves often have a fine, lighter edge, adding a delicate contrast and highlighting the silhouette of the foliage. During the bloom period, Hebe 'Sapphire' produces lovely flower spikes that rise above the foliage. The flowers themselves are small, numerous, and tightly clustered together along the spike. They typically exhibit shades of violet, lilac, or purple, lending the plant its gem-like 'Sapphire' name. The profusion of these blooms can give the plant a soft and colorful appearance that is particularly striking against the dark green background of the leaves. Hebe 'Sapphire' tends to maintain a compact and rounded shape, with its branches featuring a neat, orderly spread of leaves and flowers. This gives the plant an overall tidy and harmonious appearance, fitting well into various landscape designs. The combination of its evergreen nature and seasonal flowering makes the Hebe 'Sapphire' a versatile choice for year-round interest in gardens and landscape settings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sapphire Hebe, Shrubby Veronica.

    • Common names

      Hebe 'Sapphire'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Hebe 'Sapphire', commonly known as the Hebe plant, is not widely regarded as a poisonous plant to humans. There is limited information available regarding its toxicity, which suggests that if ingested in small quantities, it is unlikely to cause harm or serious illness. However, as with many plants, it may cause mild stomach upset in some individuals if ingested. It is generally advisable to avoid eating any part of ornamental plants as a precaution.

    • To pets

      The Hebe plant, when it comes to pets, also does not have a well-documented toxic effect. There is no significant evidence to indicate that the Hebe 'Sapphire' is poisonous to domestic animals like cats and dogs. However, ingestion of plant material can sometimes result in mild gastrointestinal upset for pets, such as vomiting or diarrhea. If you suspect your pet has eaten a considerable amount of the plant and is showing adverse symptoms, it is best to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet 3 inches (1 m)

    • Spread

      2 feet 6 inches (0.76 m)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Foliage: Hebe 'Sapphire' has evergreen leaves that add color to gardens throughout the year.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal pruning and care once established, making it ideal for low-maintenance gardens.
    • Compact Growth: Its compact and bushy growth habit makes it suitable for smaller gardens or as a border plant.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant, requiring less frequent watering.
    • Pollinator Friendly: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Versatility: Can be used in various garden styles, including formal, cottage, and contemporary designs.
    • Year-Round Interest: Provides year-round interest with its foliage and seasonal blooms.
    • Coastal Tolerance: It is naturally tolerant to salty winds and soils, making it suitable for coastal gardens.
    • Frost Hardy: Capable of withstanding light frosts, which makes it suitable for a range of climates.
    • Deer Resistance: Often resistant to deer, which can be beneficial in areas where deer predation is a problem.

  • 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

    • Edging for garden paths: Hebe 'Sapphire' can be trimmed into low hedges to create neat edges alongside walkways in the garden.
    • Thematic gardens: Used in nautical-themed gardens due to its name 'Sapphire' which can suggest a connection to the ocean or sea.
    • Culinary decoration: The small blue-purple flowers may be used as non-toxic decorative additions to salads or as garnish (ensure no pesticides are used).
    • Bonsai: Some enthusiasts use Hebe 'Sapphire' for creating bonsai arrangements due to their attractive foliage and manageable size.
    • Nature photography: Hebe 'Sapphire' can be used as a subject or backdrop in garden photography due to its striking colors.
    • Art projects: Leaves and flowers can be used in pressed flower crafts or botanical prints.
    • Fairy gardens: Its compact size and pretty flowers make Hebe 'Sapphire' a good candidate for use in magical or fairy garden settings.
    • Ecological support: It provides nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
    • Green roofs: Hebe 'Sapphire' could be used on green roofs for its drought tolerance and evergreen foliage in suitable climates.
    • Seasonal planters: Incorporated into container gardens to add a splash of colour during its flowering season.

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 Vitality: Hebe, the goddess of youth in Greek mythology, is the namesake of the Hebe plant genus. Hence, the plant symbolizes eternal youth and freshness.
    • Endurance: Given that Hebe plants can thrive in various conditions and withstand sea winds and salty air, they symbolize endurance and the ability to overcome challenges.
    • Beauty: The 'Sapphire' variety, with its striking blue or purple flowers, also represents beauty, suggesting an appreciation for aesthetic qualities and natural splendor.

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

    To properly water a Hebe 'Sapphire', also known as Shrubby veronica, it should be done regularly but with moderation, ensuring that the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, water the plant thoroughly once every week with approximately 1 gallon of water each time. However, during the winter months or overcast weather, reduce the watering frequency as the plant requires less moisture due to slower growth rates. It's essential to allow the top inch of soil to dry out before the next watering to avoid overwatering, which can cause root rot.

  • sunLight

    Shrubby veronica thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions. It's best to place the plant in a spot where it can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. A position that provides morning sunlight with some afternoon shade is ideal, as intense afternoon sun might be too harsh during the peak of summer. Adequate light is crucial for the plant to develop its vibrant foliage and to promote abundant flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Shrubby veronica prefers a mild climate and does well in temperatures ranging from 50°F to 75°F, which are considered ideal for its growth. It can tolerate a few degrees colder but should be protected from frost, as temperatures below 30°F could be harmful to the plant. During hot summer days, ensure that the plant is not exposed to extreme heat above 80°F for prolonged periods, as this may cause stress and affect its health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Shrubby veronica is essential to maintain its compact shape and to encourage bushier growth. Pruning should be done in the early spring before new growth begins. Trim back the plant by about one-third to rejuvenate it and promote new shoots. Deadheading spent blooms can be done throughout the flowering season to promote further blooming. Pruning is also an opportunity to remove any dead or damaged wood to improve the overall health and appearance of the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Hebe 'Sapphire', commonly known as Shrubby Veronica, should be well-draining with some organic matter, like a mix of loam, peat, and sand. Maintain a soil pH between 5.5 and 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Shrubby Veronica should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container. This encourages healthy growth and refreshes the nutrient content of the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Shrubby Veronica prefers moderate humidity levels and can tolerate the typical range found in most homes without any special adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      For indoor growth, ensure bright light and avoid drafts.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in a sunny spot with well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Hebe 'Sapphire', commonly known as Sapphire Hebe, begins with the germination of seeds in a well-drained, somewhat moist soil medium and a temperate climate. Once the seedlings emerge, they develop into young plants with a dense foliage of lance-shaped, glossy green leaves and a compact, bushy habit. As the plant matures, Sapphire Hebe enters a prolific flowering stage, usually in late spring to summer, producing spikes of small, deep blue to purple flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. After pollination, these flowers may form small capsules containing seeds, which can be dispersed to propagate new plants. With a lifespan of several years, Hebe 'Sapphire' maintains its evergreen foliage throughout the seasons, occasionally requiring pruning to promote bushier growth and to remove any dead or diseased branches. In its final stage, older plants may experience reduced vigor and flowering, eventually succumbing to age or environmental stresses like harsh winters or extreme drought.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagating the Hebe 'Sapphire', commonly known as Sapphire Hebe, is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This is typically done during the late summer months. To propagate, a gardener should select healthy, semi-hardwood stems from the current year's growth and cut segments that are about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long. The leaves on the lower half of the cutting should be removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or sand, ensuring that the leafless part is buried. The pot should be placed in a warm area with indirect light and kept consistently moist. In time, the cuttings will develop roots and can eventually be transplanted to their permanent location.