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Seaside heliotrope, Salt heliotrope
Heliotropium curassavicum

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Groundcover in wet disturbed coastal sites.

Ecological Restoration Notes: An occasional element of open coastal uplands and wetlands, including disturbed sites.

Availability: Occassionally grown at native plant nurseries in peninsular Florida.

Description: Small herb.

Dimensions: About 3-12 inches in height, broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate to fast.

Range: Monroe County Keys north mostly along the coasts to Volusia and Franklin counties; Southern United States and scattered to the north, West Indies, Central America, and South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Mostly disturbed coastal sites.

Soils: Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to occassionally inundated brackish soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year; peak spring-summer.

Fruit: Small and ovoid with four nutlets

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for great southern white (Ascia monuste) and other butterflies.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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