Indian Heliotrope

Indian Heliotrope Plant Information


Indian Heliotrope grows in the following 22 states:

Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

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 15-50 centimetres (5.9-19.7in). It's 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 plant is native to Asia. A common weed in waste places and settled areas.
In the Philippines, the plant is chiefly used as a traditional medicine. The extracted juice from the pounded leaves of the plants is used on wounds, skin ulcers and furuncles. The juice is also used as an eye drop for conjunctivitis. The pounded leaves are used as poultice.
Heliotropium indicum contains tumorigenic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.

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