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Heliotrope

Heliotropium curassavicum

Photo by Michael Plagens

This photo was taken in Phoenix June 2007 and is hosted at Wikimedia.

Pen & Ink illustration © Mike Plagens

PERENNIAL: Warm season herbaceous perennial often growing nearly prostrate on soil.

LEAVES: Rounded, elyptic leaves are succulent with a blue-gray cast.

RANGE: Common on alkaline or saline soil that is occasionally moist. River flood plains. Sometimes a weed in urban and agricultural settings in the Sonoran Desert.

FLOWERS: White, five-pointed flowers borne in several distinctly scorpioid (coiled) spikes.

FRUIT: Small capsules breaking into four nutlets.

UNARMED:

Boraginaceae -- Borage Family

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