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A picture of a Winter Heliotrope

Winter Heliotrope

Petasites fragrans

Also known as

fragrant colt's foot

Winter heliotrope (petasites fragrans) - - 657074 by pam fray (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Winter Heliotrope

A close up of a flowering Petasites fragrans plant with green leaves
A close up of a Petasites fragrans plant with white flowers and green leaves
Some Petasites fragrans in the wild with green leaves
A close up of some Petasites fragrans foliage
A close up of a green Petasites fragrans leaf

Winter Heliotrope Overview

Petasites fragrans is a herbaceous perennial species in the daisy family, Asteraceae. Commonly known by the name Winter Heliotrope, this species has both medicinal and ornamental uses. It has a spreading, bushy habit and grows through the use of underground rhizomes. Foliage is lush and green, leaves are shaped like kidneys and abundant clusters of vanilla-scented blooms appear from mid-winter to early spring. The flowers are starrry and coloured white and pale purple, they appear before the leaves and are popular as an early nectar source for wildlife. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

How to propagate Winter Heliotrope


Divide in spring.

Special features of Winter Heliotrope

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects