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A fragrant addition to your summer border, this sturdy plant prefers well-drained soil and afternoon shade in the southern garden.

Latin Name

Heliotropium arborescens



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

August - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 2'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Annual

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Deer

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest Do not ingest
    Harmful to pets Harmful to pets


    Native Range



    Jefferson said of this plant, "To be sowed in spring. A delicious flower, but I suspect it must be planted in boxes and kept in the house in winter. The smell rewards the care."

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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