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Northington, David K.
Heliotropium curassavicum L.
Salt heliotrope, Seaside heliotrope, Quail plant, Cola de mico, Cola de gama
USDA Symbol: hecu3
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
, 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 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2014-02-04
Research By: TWC Staff