Heliotrope Plant

Heliotrope Plant. Its purple flowers are very easy to attract bees and butterflies. It performs like one of my southern garden favorites, the lantana.

Factsheet Ageratum houstonianum (Blue Billygoat Weed)
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Those flowers have a sweet scent likened to pleasant aromas of vanilla, baby powder, grapes, or cherry pie. Scentropia™ dark blue heliotrope plant. It was absolutely beautiful all summer long.

Clusters of small purple or blue blooms top off darker green foliage.

Heliotropium arborescens, the garden heliotrope or just heliotrope, is a species of flowering plant in the borage family boraginaceae, native to bolivia, colombia, and peru. Blue heliotrope is a native of south america, and was probably introduced to australia as an ornamental plant in the latter part of the 19th century. 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.

It has a well developed taproot system with a complex system of branches.

They are popular flowering perennials thanks to their stunning flowers and pleasant aroma and are synonymous with the ‘old cottage’ garden style. Heliotrope, common heliotrope, cherry pie flower, peruvian heliotrope, peruvian turnsole, heliotropium peruvianum. The genus has many weedy species and several that are cultivated as ornamentals.

Those flowers have a sweet scent likened to pleasant aromas of vanilla, baby powder, grapes, or cherry pie.

Peruvian heliotrope (heliotropium peruvianum l., heliotropium arborescens l.) is highly aromatic, and it is used as a substitute plant for quinine due to its febrifuge properties. Heliotrope, (genus heliotropium), genus of mostly herbaceous plants in the family boraginaceae, distributed in tropical or temperate zones throughout the world. Heliotropium, also commonly referred to as ‘heliotrope’, is a genus of flowering plants in the boraginaceae family containing around 325 species.

In addition to purple flowers, heliotrope also has.

It was absolutely beautiful all summer long. Scentropia™ dark blue heliotrope plant. It is very suitable for growing potted plants or hanging basin.

There is one warning that should accompany any discussion in the care of heliotrope plants.

It was first reported in nsw in 1908 in the hunter valley, and since then has colonised large areas in nsw. I planted marine heliotrope in patio containers with osteospermum in full sun last year. The flowers of heliotrope (heliotropium) are dark purple with a charming cherry fragrance.

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