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Products > Heliotropium sp. 'Ecuador'
 
Heliotropium sp. 'Ecuador' - Ecuadorian Heliotrope
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Boraginaceae (Borages)
Origin: Peru (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Heliotropium sp. 'Ecuador' (Ecuadorian Heliotrope) A large upright shrub to 5 feet tall or more by 3 feet wide with 3 to 4 inch long bright green pleated leaves and slightly fragrant white to light lavender flowers in terminal clusters that appear off and on nearly year round, even through the winter months. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate regularly to occasionally. This plant is perfectly hardy in coastal southern California with light damage as temperatures dip down into the high 20s F. It is an nice addition to the garden and while not having as strong a scent as Heliotropium arborescens this is possibly a good thing and it certainly is attractive to bees. This plant from seed collected by John Bleck from Ecuador from near the Buenaventura Reserve at around 2,500 feet along the west slope of the Andes in southwestern Ecuador.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Heliotropium sp. 'Ecuador'