Heliotropium curassavicum

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Seaside Heliotrope


Plant Specifics

Size:To 1 ft tall by up to 4 ft wide
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:White
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Can be used as a groundcover in semi-shady areas. Perhaps more interesting than showy.
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:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



  • Nectar plant for Miami blue (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri), great southern white (Ascia monuste), and other butterflies.
  • Attracts bees.

Native Habitats:Moist, typically salty areas, dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures