Fabiana imbricate ‘Violacea’

Fabiana imbricata ‘Violacea’

An evergreen shrub from the Andes. It is multi-stemmed with a mound of upright branches covered in small green scale-like leaves. Late spring to summer it is covered in small violet purple tubular flowers that are supposed to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Flowers are meant to have a honey fragrance.

While its common name is Chilean Heather, it is not a heather, but actually part of the Solanum family and thus related to tomatoes. Some sites say that it does have Gondwanan origins, but I have not looked into that yet.

Wants poor very free draining soils and little additional watering once established.

Pronunciation: fab-ee-AY-nuh im-brih-KAY-tuh

Species Meaning: Shingled, overlapping

Fabiana imbricata is native to Chile.


  • Fabiana imbricate 'Violacea'
    Fabiana imbricate 'Violacea'

Cultivation Notes

Prune after flowering if it’s size needs to be constrained.

Propagation Notes

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20113

Second tier on right as looking from the road.

We acquired this plant from Xera Plants.

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Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Fabiana

Species: imbricata

Variety: Violacea

Commonly known as: Chilean Heather, Pichi

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Nutrient Poor Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn8a - down to 10F

Resistant to Deer.

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