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Heliotrope       

Heliotropium

Heliotrope is part of the Heliotropium genus. Its scientific name is Heliotropium.

Heliotrope has dark green lanceolate leaves with darker almost purple veining. The stems are square and become woody with age.
The flowers are clusters of deep indigo and violet with a heady perfume of sweet almonds

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 0.3 cm (0.12 inches imperial) and produce an almond fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Persian indigo and   Dreaming indigo and   Lavender indigo. The mature flowers take a clustered form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Ruddy brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Deep jungle green and   Midnight green colour. It is a non-edible flower that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Heliotrope is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 36.0 cm (1.17 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late summer, followed by first harvests in mid autumn. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Heliotrope is a great choice.

Heliotrope is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Heliotrope have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Heliotrope

  • Partial Sun

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  • Medium

Grown from seed Heliotrope will flower later in the same season. Pinch off faded flowers to encourage more to form. will flower late into autumn until the frost.

Mature plants can be lifted and over wintered under protection of fresh plants started from seed again in the early spring

Heliotrope can also be grown as a house plant in a cool conservatory

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Heliotrope is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Heliotrope to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Heliotrope from seed

Start seeds under protection sow thinly in a 7cm pot or module in very early spring. Once germinated pot on when just large enough to handle into individual pots and grow on under protection

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.04 inches (0.1 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Heliotrope about 77 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Heliotrope

Pot on as necessary and plant out only after all danger of frost has past in mid summer. Choose a sunny well drained spot at the front of a border or path edge. Heliotrope is also good in pots and containers

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 5°C / 41°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Heliotrope is a tender plant.

Harvesting Heliotrope

Can be used as cut flowers

Seed Saving Heliotrope

After flowers have faded, cut the ripening seed heads into a paper bag. Continue to dry on a warm windowsill until the seeds can be shaken from the seed heads.

Common Heliotrope problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Heliotrope plants:

Cold and damp

Aphids

Heliotrope Folklore & Trivia

Grown as a houseplant by the Victorians but now used mainly as annual bedding

Other names for Heliotrope

Heliotropium, Apple Pie

Heliotropium L.

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