Heliotropium angiospermum

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Plant Specifics

Size:to about 2 ft.
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Perennial in southern parts of Florida, treat as an annual further north.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Use as a tall groundcover or small shrub.
Considerations:Can become somewhat weedy.
Propagation:Seed.  Prolific self-seeder.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Circum-neutral



Nectar plant for Bahamian swallowtail (Heraclides andraemon), cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), Florida white (Appias drusilla), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), great southern white (Ascia monuste), gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanilla), Miami blue (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri), queen (Danaus gilippus), rudy daggerwing (Marpesia petreus), Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) and other butterflies. (IRC)

Native Habitats:Hammocks, disturbed sites

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures