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Heliotrope Seeds (Heliotropium arborescens)

$3.95
Item #:
600093
Availability:
Sold out for the season.
Item #:
600093
Availability:
Sold out for the season.

Description

Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
In 1786, as he was serving as Minister to France, Thomas Jefferson sent a collection of seeds and plants home to friends, including the lovely purple-flowering Heliotrope: "To be sowed in spring. A delicious flower . . . the smell rewards the care."  This is the species, or wild form, of heliotrope identical to the one Jefferson knew in the 18th century. Native to Peru, Heliotrope is a tender perennial often grown as an annual; it can also be removed from the garden and grown as a houseplant during the winter months. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.

Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date at 70 degrees F.  Transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and plant outdoors in well-drained soil after last frost.  Approximately 70-75 seeds per packet.

 

 Exposure  Planting Method  Planting Depth  Days to Emerge  Plant Spacing  Size at Maturity  Zones 
Full Sun to Light Shade Transplant 1/4" 7-30 1.5' apart 3-4'H 10-11

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