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Heliotropium amplexicaule (Blue Heliotrope, Summer Heliotrope)

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Plant description

heliotropum amplexicaulum blue heliotrope 1

heliotropum amplexicaulum blue heliotrope 2

A clumping perennial plant with mauve-purple flower heads, this plant was originally a garden plant that has now become a weed in pastures, where it is poisonous to stock. It flowers from spring through to autumn, and is attractive to bees and butterflies. It withstands heavy frost and drought conditions, and can thrive in most soil types.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: mauve purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 0.9 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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