Request for ID : 240111 : AK-3:
These were garden flowers. Small plant in the form of shrubs. Again taken at Nairobi, Kenya in January,2009.

– Heliotropium arborescens


Boraginaceae Week :: Heliotropium arborescens : Nairobi,Kenya : 080612 : AK:
Heliotropium arborescens photographed in Nairobi, Kenya during my visit in January, 2009.

A garden plant, cultivated.
Common name Garden Heliotrope.
Posted on our group earlier and identified by …, id confirmed by …

Boraginaceae for id 020211MK3:
Please help to id this Boraginaceae member, planted for ornamental in a home garden at Ooty, Nilgiris.

Date/Time- 24-01-2011 / 09:00 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2200asl; Ooty, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- garden
Plant Habit-big herb
Height/Length- 50 cm
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- c. 6 X 3 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- Raceme
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- blue;

– yes this is Heliotropium arborescens L. Cherry-pie in English. Refer:

Boraginaceae Week :: UD006 Heliotropium peruviana or is it?:
I am a little confused about the binomial… it was labelled H. peruviana
The flowers and growth habit of this decorative plant is same as the heliotropes I have been growing myself and the cases I showed here this week.. they are called Heliotopium araborescens, and it has originated in the highlands of Peru…
Heliotopium arborescens and H. peruviana are considered synonyms now in the plant list, though under review and with two star level of confidence only…
This H. peruviana is growing in a pot, about 9 inches in diameter, about 10 or so inches deep and it is staked profusely, yet it struck me that stakes or not the leaves have a tendency to droop… it was well watered, i tested, so it was not the water in the soil…or lack of it… it was also february, so not too hot either to have perspired itself to drying/drooping stage…
Secondly the leaves color is quite deep green with reddish tinge… leaning towards being bronze …
This was at the winter flower show at the HORT this february in Kolkata.
So my question: is H. peruviana same as H. arborescens?

Here is the search result :-

Q1. H. peruviana = H. arborescens ?
Q2. leaves ?
some pics available at –
some info available at –

ID key, plus documents (one from Chile) available at –

i go to these and many more sites…
they are the source of my confusion….
“” leaves drooping =
EXIF info of your images says that you have taken these pics at 4.48 p.m. on 10th Feb, so insufficient light may explain it !”” :
it was bright, i had to stand in such a way as to shield it from the bright light… my camera was perhaps still on Bangkok time… so 2.30 hour ahead… ie about 2 pm in kolkata in realiy… sorry about that… had not changed the settings i guess…

I cant swear by it…
but when I was walking around in hort that day it was soon after 1 or so … not 4 48 so if the time stamp is 4 48 that s about 230 hours ahead… if it shows date as being in february….

what program allows you to check exif of submitted fotos
also tell me what was the date it showed in that foto?

I use “irfanview” as image editor and it gives me EXIF info…, if camera setting (date & time) is wrong it will display wrong date & time –

As expected according to orthography it should be Heliotropium pervuvianum (and not perruviana) according to both GRIN and The Plant List and yes the correct name now is H. arborescens L.

Image files downloaded from websites or image modified by some other software may not show any EXIF data…. don’t know why. Only original or resized / enhanced image gives EXIF data.
I opened your files (attached in the mails) using ‘irfanview’ and it gave me all those info.
But, please remember, if you download and install that program tom your computer, please maintain the following steps –
  • double click the downloaded installation file
  • agree licence agrrement, and click next
  • better to deselect google-toolbar checkbox
  • pop up message will ask you to select file types that would be opened by irfanview – PLEASE DESELECT ALL CHECKBOX, otherwise you will have to ask me how to revert back to your old program 🙂
  • that’s all, no spam, no spyware, no malware, completely free, don’t have to go for costly adobe-photoshop

Boraginaceae Week :: UD005 Heliotropium arborescens:
Heliotrope plants are a delightful bright violet flowered sweet scented short about 12 to 18 inches suitable for border.
In centuries past some herbalists used it to heal various inflammations, but modern concerns with the alkaloids toxic to liver has put a damper on its use…
but the scented beautiful flowers make it popular in the summer garden
The first two pictures are from very hot north american southwest… third picture from the north east in a border…. last two pictures are from a cultivar names ‘Marine’… which is very popular now…
Flowers can even be white… could not put my hands on my pics right now…

Plant for ID-PC-33-26.018.2015 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
here is another plant from Warsaw. Please identify it. Is it by any chance Erythronium dens-canis?

Not too sure but it could be Heliotropium arborescens which I had posted from Kenya.

could be Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)


Shrub for ID from California-GS30042022-8: 3 high res. images.
Please help with the ID of this shrub, photographed from Sunnyvale, California, 10-9-2010

Heliotropium sp. Pics to show  the whole plant/ and the leaves might be helpful to take id further

Thanks for the lead … I hope H. arborescens
In the same old folder, I had few identified pics
This is called age effect


Heliotropium arborescens ‘Fragrant Delight’ from California-GS01052022-1: 3 very high res. images.
Heliotropium arborescens ‘Fragrant Delight’, a cultivar with fragrant deep purple flowers.
Photographed from Summerwinds Nursery, Sunnyvale, California, 31-5-2014.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *