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Heliotropium arborescens

Heliotropium arborescens

Common name heliotrope; cherry pie
Family boraginaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers violet
Size 36"
Light part shade

Commonly grown as an annual in temperate zones. After almost forgetting about this plant (which we grew in the early years of our garden) for years, I decided to give it another try - and I'm glad I did. This time, the plants grew much taller than I remembered, to about three feet. Our earlier ones were probably compact cultivars. I think they would benefit from some pruning and pinching back earlier in the season, but I like them even in their current, more narrowly upright state: the crinkly leaves are a good foil for the flower clusters, and appear over a long period of bloom.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (27%G, 5-10d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (40%G, 7-13d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (33%G, 5-10d)

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