Heliotropium arborescens

Larger, more vigorous and sweeter smelling than the deeper purple hybrids, the straight species of “Fragrant Heliotrope” is a wonderful addition to any garden. Growing to an impressive 5’x8’, the dense foliage is comprised of 3” textured dark green leaves. First in Spring and then again in the Fall, plants form 4” rounded heads of wonderfully fragrant lilac flowers. Some say the scent is vanilla-like and some say talc powder! Flowers age to a pale lavender color, providing a spectrum of purple shades. Bees, butterflies and birds are drawn to the flowers. Ideal as a focal point but valuable also where you want to contrast its dark foliage with lighter tones. Plant in fertile well-drained soil. Prune to shape in late Winter. Hardy to 28 degrees F. Deer resistant.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

Sun/Part Shade
Average Water

Perennial
USDA zones 8-10