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2011
Hebe x franciscana
Trees and shrubs | Magnoliopsida

Scientific Name - Hebe x franciscana

Synonyms - Veronica decussata, Veronica elliptica, Veronica franciscana.

Popular names - blue gem.

Distribution and Habitat - New Zealand native.

Description - evergreen shrub, up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves opposite, 3-9 x 1-2.5 cm, oblong to obovate lanceolate, subacute or rounded tip, entire margins. Flowers violet-blue, or pink, in terminal raceme, 3-8 cm long. Calyx with five sepals. Corolla 4 petals, bilaterla symmetrical. Stamens 2. Blooms in May and September. Fruit ovoid capsule. Seeds numerous.

Growth rate - slow.

Tolerances - tolerate winds and sea spray.

Requirements - prefers well drained soil and sunny exhibitions.

Propagation - by seedlings semilignificati to heel, in July and August in the greenhouse. The seedlingsmature, late autumn or winter in the greenhouse.

Properties and Uses - cultivated as ornamental species.

Curiosity - Veronica x Franciscan is a hybrid of Hebe speciosa Hebe from New Zealand and Elliptic.

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