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Pest Information

Alkali Heliotrope

Alkali Heliotrope

  • Latin Name: Heliotropium Curassavicum
  • Common Name: Alkali Heliotrope
  • Other Names: Chinese pusley, devilweed, heliotrope, quail plant, salt heliotrope, seaside heliotrope, whiteweed, wild heliotrope, yerba del torojo

Pest Details

Alkali Heliotrope
Alkali Heliotrope

Origin:

Native to the United States

Biology:

Perennial. New growth also from seeds that germinate in early spring, with plants maturing in late summer. May grow from underground rhizomes as well.

Identification:

Mature plant is prostrate, but branches curve upward from 1 to 3 feet high. Leaves are 1 to 2 inches long and are alternate along the stem. Upper leaves have no stalks and lower leaves are on very short stalks. Stems and leaves are bluish green. Flowers are very small, white with yellow to purple centers, and arranged in rows on spikes that often lay side by side, up to 6 inches long. prostrate, but branches curve upward from 1 to 3 feet high. Leaves are 1 to 2 inches long and are alternate along the stem. Upper leaves have no stalks and lower leaves are on very short stalks. Stems and leaves are bluish green.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Particularly common to soils that are highly alkaline or saline, particularly to newly developed land. Also may invade edges of cultivated land, roadsides, ditch banks, waste areas.

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