Parahebes seem to have a significant lack of representation in today’s retail supply chain, in fact, I have never considered growing them as part of a typical hardy nursery stock range, but Avalanche has changed my perception of this genus !!
I took one plant to the HTA National Plant Show earlier this year in full flower, it caught a lot of attention and interest, this single plant then came to Four Oaks, South West Growers and finally Grosouth 2 weeks ago still with a reasonable amount of flower !! It has certainly given us value for money as an exhibition plant.
This Parahebe is furnished with deep green foliage with an “Avalanche” of pure white flowers which smother the compact bush throughout the summer. It is quick growing, reliable in production and hardy to -12. I have been told by several growers that it is much stronger growing than other cultivars, with larger, cleaner leaves as well as the largest flowers of any Parahebe produced so far !!
Avalanche is licensed through Van Vliet New Plants with production well under way for 2012 at New Place and Seiont Nurseries.