Heliotrope, Common Heliotrope, Cherry Pie Flower, Peruvian Heliotrope, Peruvian Turnsole
Heliotropium arborescens 'Fragrant Delight'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Heliotropium (hee-lee-oh-TROH-pee-um) (Info)
Species: arborescens (ar-bo-RES-senz) (Info)
Cultivar: Fragrant Delight

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California

La Mirada, California

San Diego, California

Torrance, California

Lake Worth, Florida

Downers Grove, Illinois

Marietta, New York

Slingerlands, New York

Taylorsville, North Carolina

Mount Orab, Ohio

Roseburg, Oregon

Magnolia, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 20, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant's flowers smell like heaven!

It enjoys full sun or part sun.

Heliotrope is important for monarch butterflies because it contains a chemical they require.

This plant can be dug up in colder zones and brought inside as a houseplant.

Edited 8/17/06:
Okay, it seems that the fragrance varies greatly from plant to plant. My plant from last year smelled very strongly, however, the plant I bought this year has a much fainter scent.

I guess I have to keep trying for a desirable individual.