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Scorpion-tail Heliotropium angiospermum


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credit: A. Davey/CCSA

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Family: Boraginaceae, Borage view all from this family

Description Habit: native, annual or perennial, herb or subshrub.
Height: to 3 ft (1 m) or more.
Leaf: opposite, elliptical to lanceolate, faintly toothed, pointed, stalked; 1-6 in (25-150 mm) long, 0.5-2 in (12-50 mm) wide.
Flower: tiny white trumpet, 5-lobed, with yellow-green center, to 1/8 in (3 mm) wide; held in terminal spike, to 2.5 in (7 cm) long, on one side of coiling stalk.
Fruit: 1-4 small nutlets.

Flower All year.

Habitat Moist sunny locations with rich, rocky or sandy soil; disturbed sites, roadsides; sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.

Range Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and southward to Brazil.

Discussion Also known as butterfly heliotrope. Two other latin names are used: Heliotropium parviflorum and Schobera angiosperma.