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Heliotropium angiospermum (Scorpion's-tail)
Leander, Bruce

Heliotropium angiospermum

Heliotropium angiospermum Murray

Scorpion's-tail, Scorpion-tail

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s): Heliotropium parviflorum, Schobera angiosperma

USDA Symbol: hean5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

Scorpion-tail is a member of the borage or forget-me-not family (family Boraginaceae). Borages are generally herbs, often covered with bristly hairs.

There are about 100 genera and 2,000 species, found mostly in warm or temperate regions. Borage species are grown as ornamentals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: May be up to about 10 feet tall, usually much shorter.
Fruit: Nutlets

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Blooms nearly all year.



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist


Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Cultural requirements for Heliotropium angiospermum in Florida
April 10, 2006
What are the cultural requirements for Heliotropium angiospermum?
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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.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Naval Air Station Kingsville - Kingsville, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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