As a big fan of common heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens), I couldn’t resist giving salt heliotrope (H. curassavicum) a try. I was a little disappointed that salt heliotrope didn’t have the fragrance of its purple cousin but found the overall look of the plant very charming, with its blue-green foliage and arching sprays of dainty white to faintly purple-tinged blooms. The height was about 8 inches. It made a lovely edging plant—particularly trailing out of containers—and flowered for months. In fact, some of the earliest blooms dropped seeds, and the resulting seedlings added to the display from late August to frost. If you enjoy growing unusual annuals, I heartily recommend giving this little cutie a try. It’s a nice bonus that salt heliotrope is native to many parts of the U.S.. It’s naturally adapted to sites with alkaline soil or saline conditions—as in a seaside area, for instance—but it adapts just fine to average garden conditions that offer plenty of sun. Salt heliotrope is perennial in Zone 10, apparently, but can be grown as an annual pretty much anywhere.
Collected in July through September 2021. At least 20 seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.