Genus: Heliotrope

Heliotropium

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Heliotrope (Heliotropium)
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Boraginaceae
Heliotropium is a large genus of 250 species of bushy annuals, perennials, and shrubs grown for their dense clusters of very small, vanilla-almond-scented flowers. The older varities tend to be more fragrant. The blooms attract butterflies. Plant heliotrope where its scent can be appreciated: in containers or windowboxes, or at the front of a bed or border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Small, fragrant flowers in dense clusters. Attracts butterflies. Foliage is hairy and may irritate skin and eyes.
Care:  In the garden, grow in full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Indoors, provide full light, moderate humidity, and shade from hot sun.
Propagation: 

Start seeds indoors in spring at 61-64°F. Or take stem-tip or semi-ripe cuttings of cultivars in summer.

Problems: 

Whiteflies, rust, leaf spot.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Heliotropium

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Heliotrope
Heliotropium arborescens 'Marine'
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Heliotrope
Heliotropium arborescens cvs.