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New Front Yard: Pretty seaside heliotrope creates haven for bees, quail

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

Seaside heliotrope

Heliotropium currasavicum

Size: Under 2 feet.

Bloom season: Spring, summer, early fall.

Pruning needs: Little or none; trim in winter to keep compact.

Exposure: Full sun.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once a week.

Snapshot: A member of the borage family, this pretty native perennial with little white flowers is most at home in sandy dunes and dry creek beds, but it fits quite nicely into the water-wise garden, too. During the day, the curved flower heads follow the sun. Bees and beneficial insects love heliotrope’s long bloom season, from March into October. Birds like this heliotrope, too; in fact, it’s nickname is Quail Plant because these ground-dwelling birds flock to its fall berries. See specimens in the UC Davis Arboretum’s Plant Communities Garden on the UC Davis campus.

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Debbie Arrington

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