Heliotropium curassavicum (Salt Heliotrope) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: To be honest, I can’t offer specific sowing advice, but I can report what worked for me. The first time I raised salt heliotrope from seed (2021), I sowed in a pot indoors on a heat mat on March 27; when no seedlings had appeared after a couple weeks, I set the pot outside on April 15. Seedlings started to sprout about a month later, in mid-May, and were ready for transplanting to the garden in early June. In 2022, I sowed in a pot and set it outside on April 27, and the first sprouts appeared on May 19. So, you could try starting the seeds early indoors, but I suspect that they benefit from a period of cool temperatures, so you’re probably best off sowing in a pot outdoors or directly in the ground in mid-spring; expect it to take 3 to 4 weeks for seedlings to start appearing.

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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 September 2022. At least 20 seeds.

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