Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring through summer
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:hel-ee-oh-TROH-pee-em ar-bo-RES-enz
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:15 - 17, 23, 24
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring through summer
Flower color:Purple
Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant
Garden styleCottage
Design IdeasAn excellent sun-loving shrubby perennial that is at home in virtually any flower bed and is a rich source of fragrant, purple flowers. Most attractive massed in small groups of three or five. Line up as an edging plant or use its compact foliage to cloak the legs of taller shrubs and vines.
Companion PlantsContrast this Heliotrope's deep purple flowers with the gray and white of Variegated Licorice Plant (Helichrysum petiolare 'Variegatum') and the yellow blooms of Moonbeam Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam') and Pretty Carol Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Pretty Carol'). Also a good choice with variegated plants such as Cream De MintTM Dwarf Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira 'Shima'), Silver PrincessTM Boxleaf Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus 'Moness') and Silver Dragon Lilyturf (Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
History:
This genus of over 250 species is hardly cultivated. It was so named for it's propensity to grow toward helios, the sun. The species originates in Peru and was first described in Lopez's Flora of Peru and Chile. Plants were introduced in the 1750s.
Lore:
Heliotrope is widely known for its fragrance likened to that of cherry pie.

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