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Heliotropium_arborescens - L.

Common Name Heliotrope, Garden heliotrope, Cherry Pie, Heliotrope
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards The seeds are poisonous[65].
Habitats Coastal: forests, lomas from sea level to 3500 metres.
Range S. America - Peru.
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Heliotropium_arborescens Heliotrope, Garden heliotrope, Cherry Pie, Heliotrope


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Summary

Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender, Purple, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early spring, Late summer, Late spring, Late winter, Mid summer, Mid spring, Mid winter. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Heliotropium_arborescens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

H. peruvianum. L.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The plant is used to make a febrifugal tea[200]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the whole fresh plant[4]. It is used in the treatment of clergyman's sore throat and uterine displacement[4].

Other Uses

An essential oil obtained from the flowers is used in perfumery[57, 171]. The plant is sometimes used as a low hedge, though it is not hardy enough in Britain for this purpose[245].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container. Prefers a rich well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Plants grow best in a sandy loam[260]. Severely damaged by low temperatures[1], this plant is not hardy in Britain but it can be grown as a half-hardy annual, flowering in its first year from seed[1, 200]. If grown as a shrub, it requires a minimum winter temperature of 5 - 7°c[200]. Plants stop growing when night-time temperatures fall below 5°c and are likely to be killed once the temperature falls below -2°c[260]. The plant turns its leaves and flowers so that it is always facing the sun during the day[4]. The flowers have a most unusual perfume, somewhat like cherries baked in a pie[245]. It is a good butterfly plant[24, 30]. A parent of the cultivated ornamental garden heliotropes[1], there are many named varieties[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 25 days at 20°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78]. High percentage. Because the plant is not hardy the cuttings would have to be grown in a greenhouse for the winter before planting them out in the spring. Cuttings of young shoots in the spring[1]. Because the plant is not hardy the cuttings would have to be grown in a greenhouse for the winter before planting them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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L.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   May 16 2014 12:00AM

Pet Lovers -please note the ingestion of small amounts of any part of this plant will cause severe liver damage resulting in death. Any herbal information is given for "human" use not pet.

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