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Heliotrope

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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
East and West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun and Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 14 to 2001 Nov 152002 Jun 14 to 2002 Oct 232003 Jul 4 to 2003 Nov 142004 Jun 24 to 2004 Nov 52005 Jun 10 to 2005 Nov 152006 Jun 1 to 2006 Nov 152007 Jun 14 to 2007 Nov 152008 Jul 11 to 2008 Nov 102009 Jun 25 to 2009 Nov 162010 May 24 to 2010 Dec 12011 Jun 28 to 2011 Dec 62012 Aug 24 to 2012 Nov 72013 Jun 6 to 2013 Nov 152014 Jul 23 to 2014 Nov 21
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