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Patty's Purple Hebe

Hebe 'Patty's Purple'

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Patty's Purple Hebe (Hebe 'Patty's Purple') at Roger's Gardens

Patty's Purple Hebe flowers

Patty's Purple Hebe flowers

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Patty's Purple Hebe (Hebe 'Patty's Purple') at Roger's Gardens

Patty's Purple Hebe foliage

Patty's Purple Hebe foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Shrubby Veronica


A lovely, rounded evergreen shrub with dark red stems, and small, deep green glossy leaves; lavender flowers that mature to white are impressive when massed; will tolerate some mild frost; performs well in coastal conditions

Ornamental Features

Patty's Purple Hebe has masses of beautiful corymbs of lavender star-shaped flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Patty's Purple Hebe is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Patty's Purple Hebe is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Patty's Purple Hebe will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Patty's Purple Hebe makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features