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Heliotropium greggii (Fragrant heliotrope)
Juett, William

Heliotropium greggii

Heliotropium greggii Torr.

Fragrant Heliotrope

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)


USDA Symbol: HEGR6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The species epithet, greggii honors Josiah Gregg, (1806-1850). He was born in Overton County, Tennessee. In the summer of 1841 and again in the winter of 1841-42 he traveled through Texas, up the Red River valley, and later from Galveston to Austin and by way of Nacogdoches to Arkansas. He took note of Texas geology, trees, prevalent attitudes, and politics. At the same time, Gregg began compiling his travel notes into a readable manuscript. His “Commerce of the Prairies”, which came out in two volumes in 1844, was an immediate success. In 1848 he joined a botanical expedition to western Mexico and California, during which he corresponded with and sent specimens to the eminent botanist George Engelman in St. Louis. Subsequently, the Latinized ephithet, greggii was given in his honor to twenty-three species of plants. Gregg died in 1850 during a gold mining expedition.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Stems prostrate to ascending, up to about 1 foot long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep



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.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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