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Heliotropium curassavicum
salt heliotrope, seaside heliotrope

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Saline places at low evelevations, often in the beds of dried ponds.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, succulent, taprooted annual or short-lived perennial, prostrate or ascending, the stems 1-6 dm. long.


Leaves all cauline, alternate, the lowermost reduced and scaly, the others oblanceolate and short-petiolate, 2-6 cm. long and 6-18 mm. wide.


Inflorescence of 1-several short, coiled, naked spikes at the end of a common peduncle, up to 6 cm. long at maturity; calyx 2-3 mm. long, the 5 lobes erect; corolla white or tinged with blue, 5-lobed, the limb 5-9 mm. wide, the tube slender; stigma sessile, disk-like, as broad as the ovary.


Nutlets 4, 1.5-2 mm. long, tardily separating.

Accepted Name:
Heliotropium curassavicum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 130. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Heliotropium curassavicum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Heliotropium curassavicum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Heliotropium curassavicum information.

E-Flora BC: Heliotropium curassavicum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Heliotropium curassavicum photos.

USDA Plants: Heliotropium curassavicum information.

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