Parahebe perfoliata

Common Name:
Digger's speedwell
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 2 feet+
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Lavender blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
Unusual in presentation, several 1-2 foot stems radiate from a narrow base, each nearly prostrate but curving upward towards the tip. Broad, nearly triangular bluish green leaves clasp the stems and each other, making it appear that the stems have grown up through them. At the shoot tips are drooping clusters of lavender blue flowers. Shearing back the old stems will promote several waves of growth and bloom. This makes a fascinating container subject. Will thrive in sun or light shade, with reasonably well drained, non-alkaline soil and moderate to regular watering. Best near the coast, not tolerating high heat.