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 imbricate is native to Chile.
Prune after flowering if it’s size needs to be constrained.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20113
Second tier on right as looking from the road.
We acquired this plant from Xera Plants.