Heliotrope

(Heliotropium arborescens) Heliotrope is native to the mountainous regions of Peru. A tender perennial, it is grown as an annual because it cannot handle frost. The flowers are beloved for their intoxicating, vanilla-like fragrance. It is attractive to butterflies and popular as a bedding or container plant. The seeds are slow to germinate, so many gardeners start them indoors quite early in order to get a head start. Start indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost date and transplant out after all danger of frost has passed and soil has reliably warmed to 60 F. Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F. Seeds germinate in 28-42 days. Plants grow best in full sun to part shade, especially when they are protected from the hot afternoon sun. They require rich, loamy, well-drained soil and consistent moisture, as they are not drought tolerant. Space plants 12 inches apart. Keep flowers deadheaded. CAUTION: this plant is toxic to horses. It is mildly toxic to humans if eaten in mass quantity. Do not eat!

 

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