heliotrope


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heliotrope

(hē`lēətrōp') [Gr.,=sun-turning] or

turnsole,

name for any plant that turns to face the sun, especially members of the genus Heliotropium of the family Boraginaceae. The garden heliotrope is a valerian, and the winter heliotrope, or sweet coltsfoot, is a composite.

heliotrope

[′hē·lē·ə‚trōp]
(botany)
A plant whose flower or stem turns toward the sun.
(engineering)
An instrument that reflects the sun's rays over long distances; used in geodetic surveys.
(mineralogy)

heliotrope

symbol of lovers’ faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]

heliotrope

effective if drunk with proper invocations. [Medieval Folklore: Boland, 43]

heliotrope

1. any boraginaceous plant of the genus Heliotropium, esp the South American H. arborescens, cultivated for its small fragrant purple flowers
2. garden heliotrope a widely cultivated valerian, Valeriana officinalis, with clusters of small pink, purple, or white flowers
3. any of various plants that turn towards the sun
4. 
a. a bluish-violet to purple colour
b. (as adjective): a heliotrope dress
5. another name for bloodstone
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Finish off with the delicious and fruity spray infused with hints of violet, blackcurrant leaves, white cedar and heliotrope.
Heliotrope and western purslane may provide nectar, because we have observed sootywings landing and apparently feeding on their flowers (Pratt & Wiesenborn 2009).
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Charlton Fortune; a bid of $204,000 for an impressionistic painting titled "Bridge Builders" by Alson Skinner Clark; a bid of $144,000 for a floral painting entitled "Bouquet of Pink and White Peonies" by Paul de Longpre; a bid of $204,000 for an unframed watercolor painting entitled "Two Women Seated with Parasols in a Park" by Maurice Prendergast; bids of $420,000 for "A Field of California Poppies" and $204,000 for "Moonlight Reflections" by Granville Redmond; a bid of $264,000 for "Lake in the Sierras" by Edgar Payne; and a bid of $144,000 for "Wild Heliotrope near Laguna Beach" by John Marshall Gamble.
Characteristic skin findings include a heliotrope periorbital rash with or without associated periorbital edema; the "'shawl sign," which is a symmetrical macular violaceous erythema at the nape of the neck and around the shoulders; and scalp involvement, including alopecia.
That's why old-fashioned plants such as heliotrope, daphne, sweet peas, violets, and common lilac are sought after by fragrance-loving gardeners.
Indianopolis, who was a well-backed second favourite when Jeff King drove him to a neck win over Salviati in the 1973 Schweppes, was the best horse to carry Wickins' heliotrope and primrose colours, but he was also successful with such horses as Stavros II, Fricotin and Floral Tribute.
Often this progressed to heliotrope cyanosis, a lavender hue of the skin that signalled shortage of oxygen and imminent death.
Sontheimer has proposed a more inclusive classification system for identifying cutaneous manifestations of DM that includes not only the hallmark skin changes associated with DM (Gottron's papules, heliotrope rash, and characteristically distributed macular erythemas), but also minor cutaneous events that can provide diagnostic clues.
Sow heliotrope to provide a filler and background among other bedding plants.