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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 7 feet tall or more by 3 to 4 feet wide with 3 to 4 inch long bright green pleated leaves and slightly fragrant pure white flowers in coiled terminal clusters called scorpiod cymes that are typical of the Borage family. These flowers appear off and on nearly year round, even through the winter months, that are followed by very showy white berries with both flowers and berries often on display at the same time. 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 as it is not such an overpowering aroma. It is als 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. In Arboles y arbustos del los Andes del Ecuador (Trees and shrubs of the Andes of Ecuador) listing on the eFlora website it is noted that there are 200 species of Heliotropium in the tropical region with 5 species in the Ecuadorian Andes, but for several we have not been able to find a good description, and so are uncertain it any of those species listed quite match up with this plant.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Heliotropium sp. 'Ecuador'.