Iowa Heliotrope

Heliotropium arborescens 'Iowa'

Massive rounded clusters of deep purple, intensely fragrant flowers backed handsomely by foliage with a purple cast. A shrubby evergreen perennial. Excellent as an annual in all climates.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationhee-lee-oh-TROH-pee-um ar-bo-RES-senz
LoreHeliotrope is widely known for its fragrance likened to that of cherry pie.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through summer.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Cutting Garden, Edging
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsGarvinea (Gerbera); Cordyline (Cordyline); Lantana (Lantana); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Canna (Canna)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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