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White Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens 'Alba')

$5.00
Item #:
603343
Availability:
Sold out for the season.
Item #:
603343
Availability:
Sold out for the season.

Description

Description: Tender perennial grown as a garden annual — Clusters of delicate, fragrant purple or white flowers in late spring through summer; blooms throughout the year if grown as a potted plant; remove dead flowers and groom regularly
Habit: Grows 12 to 14 inches high and 18 to 24 inches wide and can be trained as topiary
Culture: Prefers light, well drained, rich potting soil or garden loam and full sun to light shade
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 through 10, if grown as a perennial
Origin: Peru
Attributes: Fragrant flowers, houseplant

This tender perennial flower was first discovered in Peru and brought to France sometime between 1735 and 1757 where it was a novelty much appreciated for its pleasant, vanilla-like fragrance. In 1786, while living in Paris, Jefferson sent seed of this species to Francis Eppes in America, commenting that it was “a delicious flower ... the smell rewards the care.” It was likely not widely cultivated in America before 1800.

Arrives in a 6” pot.

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