Garden heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
Any of about 250 species of tropical or temperate, mostly herbaceous, plants that make up the genus Heliotropium
, in the borage
family, found throughout the world. Included are many weedy species. The best known is garden heliotrope (H. arborescens
), a shrubby perennial that bears fragrant, purple to white, flat-clustered, five-lobed flowers in coiled sprays, similar to forget-me-nots
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