Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Indian Heliotrope - Heliotropium indicum   L.
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DistributionMostly in the northern and central Coastal Plain and the lower Piedmont; rare elsewhere, west to Forsyth County. First collected in the 1800s at an unknown location in "eastern N.C." by G. McCarthy.

Native of the Neotropics; in N.A. MA to IL and KS, south to FL and TX.
AbundanceInfrequent to fairly common in the northern half of the Coastal Plain, except rare in the Piedmont and southern Coastal Plain.
HabitatCropfields, barnyards, roadsides, forest margins, waste places, sandbar on Cape Fear River (Harnett Co.), edge of lake (Orange Co.), cleft in log on shore of Blewitt Lake (Richmond Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-November.
IdentificationIndian Heliotrope is readily identified by the single, slender, long raceme at the end of the stem or a branch -- often reaching 6 inches long. The flowers open from the base and slowly "work their way" to the tip, and thus when seen in bloom, usually only a small percentage of the raceme is in bloom. The flowers are light blue to white.
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Other Common Name(s)Turnsole
State RankSE
Global RankG5
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