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Heliotropium Genus

Cherry pie

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Heliotropium genus (Cherry pie). This genus has about 250 species of annuals, perennials, shrubs and subshrubs from most warmer parts of the world. The leaves are simple and alternate. The flowers are produced in clusters which are either purple, blue, white or yellow and are deliciously scented. They will bloom in the summer and are very attractive to butterflies. Grown for their fragrant flowers. Frost hardy to frost tender, min 5-7C. Requires full sun and fertile, well drained soil. Water potted plants freely when in full growth, moderately at other times. In spring, tip prune young plants to promote a bushy habit and cut leggy, prune older plants back hard. Propagate by seed in spring, by greenwood cuttings in summer or by semi-ripe cuttings in early autumn.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Fragrants

Other common names

Heliotrope, Turnsole

Origin

Southern USA, S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their fragrant flowers.

Cultivation

In spring, tip prune young plants to promote a bushy habit and cut leggy, older plants back hard.

Propagation

Seed in spring, by greenwood cuttings in summer or by semi-ripe cuttings in early autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to whitefly under glass.

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