Heliotropium indicum

Heliotropium indicum

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English:  Heliotropium indicum, commonly known as Indian heliotrope, is an annual, hirsute plant that is a common weed in waste places and settled areas. It is native to Asia.

Indian heliotrope is an annual, erect, branched plant that can grow to a height of about 15 to 50 cm. It has a hairy stem, bearing alternating ovate to oblong-ovate leaves. It has small white flowers with a green calyx; five stamens borne on a corolla tube; a terminal style; and a four-lobed ovary. The flowers are arranged on only one side of the inflorescence. Flowers are pale violet (lilac) with a yellow throat, but fading to dull white.