Heliotropium indicum L. - Indian Heliotrope

Heliotropium indicum plant

Family - Boraginaceae

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Heliotropium indicum stemStem.

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Heliotropium indicum leavesPressed leaves.

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Heliotropium indicum inflorescence

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Heliotropium indicum flowersFlowers.

Heliotropium indicum fruitsDeveloping fruits.

Flowering - July - November.

Habitat - Low moist alluvial woods, muddy banks, gravel bars, waste ground.

Origin - Native to Asia or perhaps South America. Established in all tropical and subtropical countries on the planet.

Other info. - This species can be found in the southern half of Missouri. The plant is easy to identify because of its rugose leaves and curled inflorescences, which have blue flowers. This plant is an introduced species and can be weedy but it grows well from seed and would make a good garden subject.

Photographs taken along the shores of the Neusse River, Kingston, NC., 7-15-02.


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