Indian Heliotrope
Heliotropium indicum

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




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


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Flowers are fragrant

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

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

This plant is resistant to deer

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

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.