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Parahebe
Parahebe catarractae

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parahebe (par-uh-HEE-bee) (Info)
Species: catarractae (kat-uh-RAK-tay) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Laguna Beach, California

Seattle, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 29, 2006, Baa wrote:

A small, evergreen sub-shrub from New Zealand.

Has deep green, toothed, lance shaped to ovate leaves which are often have a purple blush when young. Bears small, white flowers veined with a light purple and has a distinct red eye.

Likes a well drained, poor to reasonably fertile soil in sun although we have found that it dislikes direct sun in summer and tends to die back, frizzled! Prefers a sheltered spot away from too much weather.

We've now had this plant a couple of years and it's a little star, it flowers for a long time without needing a great deal of attention.