Heliotropium curassavicum

Heliotrpium currasivicum photo by Michael Plagens

This photo was taken in Phoenix, Arizona, June 2007. A copy is also hosted at Wikimedia.

Heliotropium pen & Ink illustration © Mike Plagens

PERENNIAL: Warm season herbaceous perennial often growing nearly prostrate on soil.

LEAVES: Rounded, elliptic leaves are succulent with a blue-gray cast.

RANGE: Common on alkaline or saline soil that is occasionally moist such along river flood plains. Sometimes a weed in urban and agricultural settings in the Sonoran Desert. Beyond the Sonoran Desert it is found on similar soils across much of North America.

FLOWERS: White, five-pointed flowers borne in several distinctly scorpioid (coiled) spikes.

FRUIT: Small capsules breaking into four nutlets.


Boraginaceae -- Borage Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 15 June 2007,
updated 4 June 2015.