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Heliotropium angiospermum (Scorpion Tail)

Scorpion's Tail, Scorpion Tail, Sore Bush, Rooster Comb, Cat Tongue, Bright Eye Bush, Heliotropium parviflorum, Schobera angiosperma

Heliotropium angiospermum, Scorpion's Tail, Scorpion Tail, Heliotropium parviflorum, Schobera angiosperma

Heliotropium angiospermum (Scorpion Tail) is an annual or short-lived perennial of upright to sprawling habit. Blooming year-round, it boasts a profusion of small, white flowers with yellow throats, borne in 2 rows along one side of a coiled terminal spike. Rich in nectar, the blossoms attract a variety of bees and butterflies. Each flower produces a fruit that separates into two seeded nutlets. The seeds are favored by birds. The branched stems are clad with alternately arranged, lanceolate to elliptic leaves with deeply veined surfaces. Scorpion Tail occurs naturally in coastal hammocks and strands, and ruderal or disturbed areas. Fast-growing, it is a prolific self-seeder that is used frequently as a groundcover or small shrub.

  • Grows up to 18-36 in. tall (45-90 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in moist to moderately dry, well-drained, sandy, or limestone soils. Moderately drought and salt tolerant.
  • Perfect addition to natural landscapes, habitat restorations, butterfly gardensgroundcover, or small shrub.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Removing spent blooms will cut prevent unwanted seedlings and promote longer blooms.
  • Propagate by seed or cuttings.
  • Toxic to horses.
  • Native to Florida, Texas, Central, and South America.

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Boraginaceae
Genus Heliotropium
Common names Rooster Comb, Heliotrope, Scorpion Tail, Cat Tongue
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Heliotropium gnaphalodes (Sea Lavender)
Heliotropium curassavicum (Salt Heliotrope)
Heliotropium arborescens (Heliotrope)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Boraginaceae
Genus Heliotropium
Common names Rooster Comb, Heliotrope, Scorpion Tail, Cat Tongue
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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