Hebe albicans

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Hebe albicans
Hebe albicans.jpg
Scientific classification
H. albicans
Binomial name
Hebe albicans

Hebe albicans is a species of flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae, native to New Zealand. Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 90 cm (35 in) wide, it is an evergreen shrub with thick bluish leaves 1.5–3 cm (0.59–1.18 in) long and 8–15 mm (0.31–0.59 in) wide.[1] The small white flowers, on flowerheads 3–6 centimetres (1.2–2.4 in) in length, appear from December to April. The Latin specific epithet albicans means "off-white", referring to the colour of the flowers.[2]

H. albicans is found in the mountainous region around Nelson, New Zealand, at an altitude of 1,000–1,400 metres (3,300–4,600 ft). A closely related species, Hebe amplexicaulis, is found in a similar habitat in Canterbury.[3]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  3. ^ A Field Guide to the Native Plants of New Zealand by John T. Salmon
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Hebe albicans". Retrieved 20 June 2013.