Flowers and leaves. Photo: Russell Best, near Melbourne, Vic

Flowering plant. Photo: Russell Best, near Melbourne, Vic

Common Name

Spreading Heliotrope, Prostrate Heliotrope, Creeping Heliotrope, Prostrate Potato Weed




Introduced prostrate or sprawling annual forb, usually less than 5cm high.  Leaves alternating along the stems, 1.5-3.5cm long, 5-18mm wide, flat, hairy, margins curved down and slightly wavy, tips blunt.  Flowers white, tubular, with 5 lobes, in dense one-sided spikes at the ends of the stems.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 564

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