Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Digger's Speedwell

Plant Information

“It looks like a Eucalyptus!” Well yes this evergreen trailing perennial does possess perfoliate round leaves that wrap around the stem. To 30” tall upright and then sprawling. In mid-summer soft periwinkle lilac flower spikes appear and are showy for weeks. Full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Forms an expanding clump. Unique perennial endemic to Tasmania and closely related to Hebes. Tired bedraggled plants may be cut to the ground in early spring to regrow. Mulch in fall. Light, regular summer water. Culture: Light, well-drained moist soil in a sheltered and warm location. Parahebes can tolerate part shade. Maintenance: Parahebes are semi-evergreen or evergreen. Leave old growth on during winter to protect the crown but cut back stems hard in early spring. Also, cutting back flowers after the first bloom encourages a new flush of blooms. Pests and Diseases: Parahebe are susceptible to slugs and mildew. Plant type: Herbaceous perennial Biomes/Growing conditions: Oregon Coast Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade USDA Hardiness zone: Zn7b 10º to 5ºF Foliage color: Blue Foliage season: Evergreen

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PAPE full PAS (©2020 Pat Stephens), PAPE flower BB (©2020 Barbara Bloomfield), PAPE leaf BB (©2020 Barbara Bloomfield)
About the Master Gardeners Natural Gardens
The demonstration gardens are meant to show different ways to practice earth-friendly techniques at home. There are eight beautiful backyard example gardens that fit any yard size or preference.
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