Pineland heliotrope
Heliotropium polyphyllum

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Heliotropium (hee-lee-oh-TROH-pee-um) (Info)
Species: polyphyllum (pol-ee-FIL-um) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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)

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Blue-Green

Other details:

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

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

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

Key West, Florida

Lake Helen, Florida

Miami, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 22, 2012, Reynardine from Lake Helen, FL wrote:

Though listed as an annual and said to be small, if protected from hard freezing, it will come back, and if brought in when temps are below 45, or grown in the southernmost counties, it can get enormous. It does not, however, appear to be fragrant. I have the white form & want yellow.

Seeds don't ripen all at once, but progressively along the scorpioid. To collect, either watch carefully and pick out, or tie an ankle stocking over scorpioid when most florets pollinated. In suitable climates, it reseeds at the drop of a Ritz cracker.

May 30, 2013: I have volunteers which I believe to be F1 hybrids of this plant and a H. arborescens "Sweet Heaven" I had growing with it last year. The leaf form is more like the latter. The scorpioid resembles the former, but the... read more