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Heliotropium convolvulaceum (Fragrant heliotrope)
Northington, David K.

Heliotropium convolvulaceum

Heliotropium convolvulaceum (Nutt.) A. Gray

Fragrant Heliotrope, Phlox Heliotrope

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


USDA Symbol: HECO5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A hairy, sparsely-leaved plant with one erect, branched stem or many long, sprawling branches, the fragrant, white, broadly funnel-shaped flowers blooming in small coils along upper parts of stems.

The fragrant flowers, largest of all Heliotropes in the West, open in the cool hours of the evening. The ornamental Common Heliotrope (H. arborescens), comes from Peru.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AR , AZ , CA , CO , KS , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Southeastern California to southern Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, and western Texas; south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dunes and other sandy places in deserts and arid grasslands.


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Heliotropium convolvulaceum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Heliotropium convolvulaceum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Heliotropium convolvulaceum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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