Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin information

 Native Plant Database

Heliotropium curassavicum

Salt heliotrope, Seaside heliotrope, Quail plant, Cola de mico, Cola de gama

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Heliotropium curassavicum (Salt heliotrope)
Northington, David K.
A fleshy, bluish-green, smooth plant with leafy stems mostly lying on ground, usually with paired coils of small, white or purplish-tinged flowers.

This plant is also found in Mexico and South America. In some parts of the West this species is called Quail Plant after the birds that feed on its fruit. The Spanish name, Cola de Mico, meaning monkey tail, describes the coiled flower cluster.

Image Gallery:

7 photo(s) available

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Gray-Green
Flower: Flowers 1/4 inch
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AZ , AR , CA , CO , DE , FL , GA , HI , ID , IL , KS , LA , ME , MD , MS , MO , MT , NE , NV , NJ , NM , NY , NC , ND , OK , OR , PA , SC , SD , TX , UT , VA , WA , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Distribution: North America, Central America, and South America, from central Canada south through the US to Mexico and Central America and then south as far as Argentina
Native Habitat: Stream/river banks, Near lakes or ponds, Dunes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Sandy, Gravelly


Use Ornamental: Rock gardens, Rocky hillside, Desert landscape
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2014-02-04