Once you’ve experienced the sweet smell of Heliotrope you will never want to be without it. It’s even called the Cherry Pie plant with a scent reminiscent of this delicious pie! Some think it smells more like vanilla, but either way, you won’t be disappointed. The deeply textured green foliage of Heliotrope is covered in clusters of dainty flowers most commonly found in shades of purple and lavender. Hardy in zones 9-11, Heliotrope can be grown in a full to part sun location, preferring morning sun with afternoon shade if grown in a hotter climate. It grows best in rich, well-drained soil with even moisture and a regular application of a water-soluble fertilizer. Growing in large mounds 1-4 feet high and wide, Heliotrope is great to use in the mixed border, as a mass planting, in containers or in the cut garden, as you will want to bring that lovely scent indoors! Please note, Heliotrope is toxic if ingested so keep that in mind if you have pets and small children.

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