Heliotropium arborescens
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Heliotropium arborescens

garden heliotrope
cherry pie heliotrope

  family boraginaceae 
  genus heliotropium 

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Genus  Heliotropium Species  arborescens Variety  Cultivar  Common names  garden heliotrope   cherry pie heliotrope Family  BORAGINACEAE Specimen number  S11224 Data source  HtZn p124;Xeri p279
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Fertile Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 10a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 30� Fahrenheit. Heliotropium arborescens needs summer days with high heat. Garden heliotrope (also known as cherry pie heliotrope) likes soils that are fertile. It does well in moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  vanilla scented flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  It requires warm days for good production. Heliotropium arborescens is typically propagated using a cutting.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Heliotropium arborescens has an annual life cycle. Flowers: Garden heliotrope (locally known in some parts as cherry pie heliotrope) has very large clusters of tiny 5 petaled flower blossoms. Blossoms in such colors as purple, violet and white are common.

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