Heliotrope: Our Favorite Flowers

This perennial offers a double-whammy of pretty flowers and a heady, vanilla scent.
'Dwarf Marine' Heliotrope

'Dwarf Marine' Heliotrope

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Heliotrope has a sweet, pungent scent that some liken to the smell of cherry pie. 'Dwarf Marine' features a royal purple color. It is large flowered yet compact and has attractive, dark green foliage and a bushy habit.

This small (18 inches tall and wide), shrubby perennial produces its fragrant blooms throughout the summer in blue, lavender, purple or white, depending on the cultivar. Heliotrope prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun or, where summers are hot, in afternoon shade. Butterflies are attracted to its flowers, which offer a delightful vanilla scent. Bring container plants under cover for winter or take cuttings.

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