Hebe salicifolia Koromiko; Willow-leaved Hebe

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Origin: South Island, New Zealand and south Chile

A shrub up to 5 m high, with long narrow leaves (5-15 cm long x 1-2.5 cm wide) and slender cylindrical flower spikes, up to 25 cm long, of white or white tinged lilac flowers. This species was discovered at Dusky Bay, in Fiordland, on South Island, New Zealand during Captain Cook's second voyage, from 1773-5. The range of the species in its two native habitats is interesting - in New Zealand, the plant occurs from sea level to sub-alpine areas, but in Chile it is coastal.

The parent of many hybrids of garden value. The specific epithet salicifolia refers to the shape of the leaf - salici (from Salix, the botanical name for the willow) and folia (leaf) ie willow-leaved.

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