Heliotrope, Cherry Pie Flower
Heliotropium arborescens ‘Marine’
Heliotropium arborescens L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this plant. It was described by Carl von Linnaeus in Systema Naturae in 1759.
I bought this Heliotrope ‘Marine’ from Wagler’s, a local Amish greenhouse, on May 5, 2018. This is the second one I have tried, the first was in 2014.
Heliotrope always makes a very attractive plant with its dark purple, vanilla-scented flowers and dark green leaves. They are an upright grower so they don’t take up a lot of space.
Origin: Species native to Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11b (30-40° F)*
Size: 15-20” tall
Light: Sun to part shade
Heliotrope flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and flowers right up until frost.
Heliotrope prefers an organically rich, well-draining, moist soil. They like a sunny location but appreciate afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
They are treated as an annual in mid-Missouri but are perennial in USDA zones 10-11.
Heliotrope make great bedding plants but can also be grown in containers. Since they are an upright grower they also make great plants to use in combination planters.
If you have grown them in a pot, they can be overwintered inside in bright light in a cool temperature around 50° F. Cuttings can also be taken in late summer for overwintering inside. Seed is also available for planting.
Heliotrope arborescens typically have no insect or disease issues while growing outside. Whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs can be a problem on plants overwintered inside.
I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by.
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