Armstrongs whipcord

Hebe armstrongii | Also known as: Dwarf whipcord | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A woody, compact evergreen perennial, hebe armstrongii lends a wind-swept effect to beds, borders and slopes, and is sometimes used to create wild-looking hedgerows. Known commonly as dwarf whipcord, its dense mesh of upright branches produce slender, cylindrical and rather scaly grey-green foliage that leans with the prevailing winds. It flowers in summer, producing tiny white blossoms that appear at the end of the leaf stems, which, from a distance, look like a dusting of snow. At home in poorly fertile, moist but well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, it is tender to frost and so needs a sheltered location. Pruning or removing spent foliage is recommended.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Erect
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-10
Heat zone
  • H10-9
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 120 - 180
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Coastal
  • City
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Banks and slopes
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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Hebe is a group of evergreen shrubs that are native to various parts of the world including French Polynesia, New Zealand and South America. Varieties range from small dwarf species to small trees. Often characterised by their flower spikes, hebe bloom during spring and summer and produce clusters of white, pink or purple flowers. Hebe is best grown in a sunny or partially shady spot that has well-drained soil. It’s very good for coastal gardens as it’s tolerant to salt spray. Hebe also make good groundcover and herbaceous border plants, making it a versatile garden specimen.

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