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PlantFiles: Indian Heliotrope
Heliotropium indicum

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

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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:
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Patent Information:
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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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive erika_conn 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.

Positive Heavinscent 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.


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

Cabot, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Longview, Texas

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