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Heliotrope: the herb of Saint Fiacre

Heliotrope: the herb of Saint Fiacre

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Heliotrope is a perennial that blooms from spring to the end of summer and which will perfectly adorn your flower beds, but also your pots and planters.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Heliotropium
Family : Borraginaceae
Type : Perennial

: 40 to 120 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Flowering : Summer

Here are our tips for having beautiful flowers, as long as possible ...

Planting and sowing heliothrope

The heliotrope loves the sun and fears the cold as well as the cool winds.

It's a freezing plant when the thermometer drops below -4° and therefore should be grown in pot, like geraniums, for shelter in winter.

  • It is recommended to plant the heliotropes purchased in pots, from spring, after any risk of frost.
  • The soil should be well drained and the soil relatively cool
  • Preferably mix your soil with special compost for perennials or flowering plants: this will enrich your soil.
  • Respect a distance of 30/40 cm between each foot.

Heliotrope sowing:

Favor a sowing under shelter in March-April

Transplant once in a cup, before setting up in May.

  • Water regularly but not excessively throughout the sowing.

Pruning and maintenance of the heliothrope

Remove faded flowers as they come to stimulate flowering.

On the watering side, avoid wetting the foliage and water in the event of prolonged drought.

In pots, more regular watering is necessary because the soil dries out much more easily.

Things to know about heliothrope

This perennial plant, which is usually grown as an annual, forms a very green bush with large, dark blue inflorescences.

It is also called "Saint Fiacre grass" and it is in beds, in tubs or in planters that it will find its best place.

You can plant it near a living space such as a terrace to enjoy its sweet scent of vanilla.

In fact, heliotrope is a plant that offers a spectacular scent of vanilla.

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