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Heliotrope Plants

Heliotropium arborescens

Produces clusters of small purple-blue flowers that emit a "cherry pie" like fragrance. At this time we cannot guarantee this plant will be in bloom upon delivery.

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A tender shrubby annual plant, Heliotrope produces hydrangea-like flower clusters of a beautiful purple shade. They are complemented by their long, oval-shaped, dark green foliage. Their blossoms are sweetly scented and some say they smell like cherry pie! These plants reach about 1 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide making them easy to fit in any landscape.

The name Heliotrope comes from two Greek words, helios and tropos meaning sun and turn. It got this name because of its habit of turning to face the sun. This plant has a temperate nature meaning it cannot stand extreme weather conditions. It is best suited for outdoor landscapes in growing zones 9 to 11. In northern, cold climates, this plant grows as an annual meaning even the slightest touch of frost will severely damage this plant.


Growzone: 9-11 Heliotrope Plants Hardiness Zones 9-11
Hardiness Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 1 to 3 Feet
Mature Width: 1 to 2 Feet
Classification: Tropical Perennial, annual
Flower Color: Blue, purple
Foliage: Blue, green
Attracts: Hummingbirds, bees
Uses: Good in containers
Soil Condition: Prefers moist soil, well-drained
Light: Full sun, partial sun, partial shade
Water Requirements: Water frequently

How to Care for Heliotrope Plants

After purchasing a Heliotrope Plant, be sure to read our recommended care instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant all season long!

When Should I Water My Heliotrope?

When Should I Water My Heliotrope?

Once your plant is well established, do your best to keep its soil moist but too soggy to prevent any root rot diseases. We recommend checking your soil's moisture to gauge when it needs to be watered. If the soil is dry to the touch, it is time to water. If your soil is moist to the touch, this is good and does not need watering.

How Much Sunlight Should My Heliotrope Plant Get?

How Much Sunlight Should My Heliotrope Plant Get?

Heliotrope thrives best in full sunlight, however, a bit of afternoon shade isn't an issue for this annual. Especially if you live in a hot climate, afternoon shade is preferred so your plant does not dry out too quickly or have any damage to its flowers from sunburns. Think of shade in hot climates as protection for your plant.

How do I Fertilize My Heliotrope?

How do I Fertilize My Heliotrope?

Regardless of your Heliotrope is planted indoors or outdoors, they are known as "heavy feeders." These plants benefit from regular doses of well-balanced flowering plant food throughout the growing season. This will ensure their blooms blossom to their best potential. They might even require a more frequent fertilizing schedule as a container plant.

What Kind Of Soil Does Heliotrope Need?

What Kind Of Soil Does Heliotrope Need?

The ideal soil conditions for Heliotrope would be in an organically rich, well-draining soil that has a pH between 6.6 and 7.3. It is very important to keep the soil evenly moist, and never let it completely dry out. However, you also do not want it to become soggy or oversaturated. It is a tricky balance between keeping the soil not too dry but not too soggy either. If it becomes too wet you could risk root damage from the root system rotting. When your Heliotrope is potted, be sure to watch their soil because it will dry out quicker than the ones planted in a landscape. Feel free to add sand to your soil as needed this will help with drainage.


Frequently Asked questions

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