Even without its fabulous scent, heliotrope would be widely grown in the garden. It has a distinctive scent -- some say it smells like cherry pie; others say a grape Popsicle. Still others say it's reminiscent of vanilla. Regardless, it is undeniably one of the most intriguingly scented plants in the garden. As a bonus, this tropical plant, grown as an annual, bears big clusters of rich purple, blue, or white flowers.
Heliotrope thrives in a spot with full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It's a great container plant -- try it in a window box or next to a doorway where you can enjoy it frequently. For the strongest scent, group several plants together where they can get afternoon sun. That warming sun releases the fragrance.
- Plant Type:
- Plant Height:
- 1-3 feet tall
- Plant Width:
- 1-2 feet wide
- Landscape Uses:
- Containers,Beds & Borders
- Special Features:
- Flowers,Fragrant,Easy to Grow
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Grow purple heliotrope with spiky white angelonia for a fun contrast. Or try it the other way, with white heliotrope and purple angelonia.Duranta
Try heliotrope with beautiful variegated duranta for a stunning container combo that does great in beds and borders.Licorice plant
Heliotrope's purple flowers show off beautifully with a silvery skirt of soft, touchable licorice vine.
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