Indian Heliotrope

Heliotropium indicum

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Heliotropium (hee-lee-oh-TROH-pee-um) (Info)
Species: indicum (IN-dih-kum) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Cabot, Arkansas

Morrilton, Arkansas

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Pontotoc, Mississippi

Longview, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 27, 2010, erika_conn from Hastings
Canada wrote:

I live in Hastings, Ontario, Canada, Zone 5a but I like to plant flowers and shrubs that are hardy to at least Zone 4, just to be on the safe side.

I ordered the Marine Heliatrope seed from a company in PEI called Vesey. I have to say, I love this plant. It's full and lush and smells heavenly. I will be collecting the seeds and sowing a lot more of these darlings and plant them with some yellow flowers such as marigold Africa Inca Yellow. I think sweet potato vine would be pretty in this combination.

Well, it's nearly October so I have lots of time to think about it.


On Mar 27, 2007, Heavinscent from South West, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I had this planted in a rock garden and didn't find it to be invasive at all. It produced thousands of seeds but I didn't even get one volunteer plant to pull. I'm hoping I will get at least one plant from the seeds I collected for this years garden.