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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)

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:
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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa 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.


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

Laguna Beach, California
Seattle, Washington

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