Heliotropium curassavicum (Seaside Heliotrope)

Heliotropium curassavicum, more commonly known as Seaside Heliotrope or Salt Heliotrope, is a vibrant wildflower native to the Southwestern United States and parts of Canada. With an affinity for the salty air of coastal regions, Seaside Heliotrope can often be found in sandy beaches and dunes, in landscapes near the ocean and on dry coastal bluffs.

The plant grows to a height of 30-60 cm (12-24 inches) with wiry stems and small leaves that give off a strong, pungent smell when crushed. Seaside Heliotrope produces delicate flowers with white petals that are pleasantly fragrant and often attract a variety of pollinators.

Seaside Heliotrope is incredibly tolerant of salt, wind, and drought, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and coastal landscaping. The plant’s deep root system also makes it useful for stabilizing soils along coastlines. Additionally, the leaves can be used to make a medicinal tea that can help alleviate various ailments, including headaches and skin irritation.

Overall, Seaside Heliotrope is an attractive wildflower that adds color and texture to landscapes near the ocean. Its hardiness and resilience makes it a great choice for xeriscaping, coastal landscaping, or simply just adding a bit of beauty to a garden or outdoor space. With proper care and maintenance, Seaside Heliotrope can bring enjoyment for years to come.

Heliotropium curassavicum Information

Common NamesSeaside Heliotrope, Salt Heliotrope
Native to USA
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, KS, LA, MD, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY, + PR, VI
Native to CANAB, MB, SK
Size12-24 inches tall

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Heliotropium curassavicum edible?

No, Heliotropium curassavicum is not edible.

Is Heliotropium curassavicum an invasive species of plant?

No, Heliotropium curassavicum is not an invasive species of plant.