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Northington, David K.
Heliotropium curassavicum L.
Salt heliotrope, Seaside heliotrope, Quail plant, Cola de mico
USDA Symbol: HECU3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Flowers 1/4 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , DE , FL , GA , HI , ID , IL , KS , LA , MD , ME , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OK , OR , PA , SC , SD , TX , UT , VA , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Western United States east to Great Plains and across southern United States. Native Habitat:
Stream/river banks, Near lakes or ponds, Dunes USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(N), PR(N), VI(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Sandy, Gravelly
BenefitUse Ornamental: Rock gardens, Rocky hillside, Desert landscape
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-09-29
Research By: TWC Staff