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 CharacteristicsSmall, fragrant flowers in dense clusters. Attracts butterflies. Foliage is hairy and may irritate skin and eyes.
CareIn the garden, grow in full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Indoors, provide full light, moderate humidity, and shade from hot sun.
PropagationStart seeds indoors in spring at 61-64°F. Or take stem-tip or semi-ripe cuttings of cultivars in summer.
ProblemsWhiteflies, rust, leaf spot.