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Heliotropium arborescens alba - White Heliotrope

Heliotropium arborescens alba is a fragrant frost tender shrub. Thomas Jefferson introduced the plant while he was an ambassador to France. He noted the fragrance and treated it as an annual. White Heliotrope is particularly fragrant and well worth the trouble to use it as an annual where the climate is not accommodating. Heliotropium arborescens alba can be planted in full sun near the coast but prefers some protection inland. White Heliotrope will do quite well in the banana belt sections of the inland valleys. Heliotropium arborescens alba will look best with trimmed several leaf nodes below the flowers. Regular trimming helps the aesthetics a lot and doesn't take long. Plants are hardy into the high 20's. Regular water and decent drainage are a requirement.

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Heliotropium arborescens alba, White Heliotrope