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Heliotropium tenellum (Pasture heliotrope)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Heliotropium tenellum

Heliotropium tenellum (Nutt.) Torr.

Pasture Heliotrope, White Heliotrope

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s): Lithococca tenella

USDA Symbol: HETE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

26 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , OK , TN , TX , WV
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Sandy

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Patsy Glenn Refuge, c/o Wimberley Birding Society - Wimberley, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0647 Collected Jun 2, 1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0250 Collected July 7, 1992 in Kendall County by Kristina Coates
NPSOT 0674 Collected Jul 18, 1992 in Bandera County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0243 Collected June 13, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

4 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1214 Collected 2008-10-19 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 78 - (2020) Missouri Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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