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Heliotropium arborescens (Heliotrope)

Heliotrope, Common Heliotrope, Cherry Pie Flower, Peruvian Heliotrope, Peruvian Turnsole, Heliotropium peruvianum


Native to Peru, Heliotropium arborescens (Heliotrope) is a tender perennial shrub in its native habitat but usually grown as a summer bedding annual in most areas. Blooming from summer to fall, this old-fashioned favorite produces showy rounded clusters, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), of tiny violet, purple, blue or white flowers with a sweet delicate fragrance. Equally handsome is the foliage of prominently veined, oval, dark green leaves. Perfect for borders and containers or as a houseplant. A singe Heliotrope can live for years on a patio in a large container.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates. Water moderately in the growing season and apply a balanced fertilizer once a month. In the winter keep the rootball just moist.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or containers.
  • Generally disease fee. Watch for glasshouse whitefly.
  • Pinch back stems to encourage bushy growth. Older leggy plants can gave their stems shortened by half in spring. Propagate cultivars by taking softwood cuttings or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
  • Native to Peru.
  • All parts of the plant are toxic by ingestion

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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