Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Heliotropium arborescens 'White Lady'

Heliotropium arborescens 'White Lady' (Boriginaceae)
 White flowered Heliotrope or Cherry Pie, as it is sometimes known, is very sweetly scented and is as vigorous as the dark purple kind reaching up to a metre or more. This variety dates from the Victorian era of the late 19th century when Heliotrope was a very popular ornamental garden plant.  As shrubs they can become very untidy and open in habit so it is wise to tip prune plants regularly and remove spent flowers so as to maintain a compact bush. Otherwise they are normally very hardy and have very low water and fertilizer requirements.
2017 update: I no longer grow this plant.

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