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Hebe speciosa ‘Variegata’ (Hebe speciosa ‘Tricolor’)

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Hebe
Species: Hebe speciosa  ‘Variegata’
Synonyms:  Hebe 'Purple Tips', Hebe speciosa ‘Tricolor’ This name is used by nurseries and has no validity. 
Cultivar name: Hebe speciosa ‘Variegata’

The cultivar Hebe speciosa ‘Variegata’ forms a compact bushy, evergreen rounded  shrub (50+cm high, width 50+cm) and it is exactly like the parent Hebe speciosa except for its variegated leaves. The broad spear-shaped leaves are glossy, grey-green 6–10 cm long, with irregular cream margins. 
It has small 7 cm clusters of magenta flowers through out late spring and early summer.
Hebe speciosa ‘Variegata’ was first mention in 1854 by Joseph Harrison in ‘The Floricultural Cabinet, & Florists Magazine.’ In New Zealand it was listed in 1926 in Duncan and Davies catalogue.

Photgraphed January





The top surface of a leaf.

The underside of a leaf,