heliotrope, clasping

COMMON NAME: Heliotrope, clasping
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heliotropium amplexicaule
FAMILY: Boraginaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Low growing perennial dicot herb. Stem stiff, rough, pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate with
stipules normally present at leaf base. Leaves lanceolate with pinnate venation. Inflorescence a
curved cluster 5 to 20 cm in length of small flowers. Inflorescence is apical often with 2 or more
separate inflorescence branches. Flowers five-fused petals, purple with yellow throat.
DESCRIPTION: Common plant along roadsides and infrequently mowed areas. Very attractive flowers with
unique curved flower. Can be planted as a ground cover intermixed with low maintenance turf.

Flower / Seed Head Inflorescence

Flower / Seed Head
Inflorescence

Broad View Stem and leaf section

Broad View
Stem and leaf section

Broad View Flowers and larger plant

Broad View
Flowers and larger plant

Flower / Seed Head Inflorescence

Flower / Seed Head
Inflorescence