Heliotrope

Heliotropium arborescens

[heliotropium_arborescens]

In 1786, while serving as Minister to France, Jefferson sent a collection of seeds and plants home to friends, including the lovely blue-flowering heliotrope: "To be sowed in spring. A delicious flower, but I suspect it must be planted in boxes & kept in the house in winter. The smell rewards the care." This is the species, or wild form, of heliotrope and is likely identical to the one Jefferson knew in the eighteenth century.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Blue, Pink Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: East and West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun and Partial Shade Map it: 38.009912,-78.452667

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jun 14 – Nov 152002: Jun 14 – Oct 232003: Jul 4 – Nov 142004: Jun 24 – Nov 52005: Jun 10 – Nov 152006: Jun 1 – Nov 152007: Jun 14 – Nov 152008: Jul 11 – Nov 102009: Jun 25 – Nov 162010: May 24 – Dec 12011: Jun 28 – Dec 62012: Aug 24 – Nov 72013: Jun 6 – Nov 152014: Jul 23 – current