This compact heliotrope yields very large clusters of tiny violet-blue flowers all summer. The robust ‘Marine’ blooms best where summers are cool and has a pleasant fragrance. Garden heliotrope is a tender garden flower that originates from Peru. It is commonly grown as a bedding annual but is a shrubby evergreen perennial where hardy.
The bushy plants are covered with attractive deep green leaves. When conditions are favorable it produces big rounded clusters of many tiny tubular violet-blue flowers. These have a sweet fragrance. In fact, a very old common name for this plant is "cherry pie" due to its sweet fruity smelling flowers which are irresistible to butterflies and bees.
Heliotrope prefers full to partial sun and evenly moist, but well-drained, fertile soil. Regular deadheading will keep flowers coming in profusion as will regular fertilizer. Plant this favorite bedding plant anywhere where cool bright color is desired.
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Genus - Heliotropium
Species - Arborescens
Variety - Marine
Common name - Blue Heliotrope
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual, perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Tropical
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Dark Blue Violet
Sowing requires a loose and humous soil from February to March.
Sow 2-3 seeds per spot from February. Press on and keep moist.
Germination - 5-10 days at +20-+24C.
Direct sowing from May.
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