Heliotrope

Heliotropium arborescens cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens cvs.)
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Synonyms:  Heliotropium peruvianus
Genus:  Heliotropium
Heliotrope has a compact form with broadly oval to lance-shaped, wrinkled leaves tinged with purple. In summer, it bears a profusion of deep violet-blue or lavender-blue flowerheads up to 6 inches across. Cultivars vary in height as well as bloom fragrance and color.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  A perennial in warmer climates, it is often grown as an annual where not hardy. Its rich foliage and profuse blooms make it a great choice for summer bedding or windowboxes. In warmer climates, grow at the front of a border or in containers outdoors.
Care:  Provide full sun and moist, rich, well-drained soil. In hot climates, plants do best with some shade in the afternoon. Soil should be consistently moist.
Propagation:  From seed.
Problems:  Susceptible to whiteflies, rust, and leaf spot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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