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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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Wallflowers have a modest stature of about 2 feet and combine well with other brightly flowered perennials such as Marguerite daisies and the deep-purple flowered, nearly black-leafed and pleasantly scented heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens 'Black Beauty').
I watch the liveliness in the packed dining room: everyone is talking, laughing, ordering exquisite meals and desserts presented as if wild gardenias, heliotropes, and carnivorous orchids on silver trays.
Combine dwarf lavender and pinks or plant sweet-smelling purple petunias with heliotropes, which smell of cherry pie.
When planting hanging baskets, choose some scented trailers such as brachycome, the swan river daisy, and for borders, plant heliotropes, purple and almond-scented, though these should not be allowed outdoors until summer is really warming up.
TAKE cuttings of summer bedding plants such as pelargoniums, pansies, violas, ageratum, petunias and heliotropes.
CLEAR spring bedding plants and spent tulips to make way for scented summer flowers such as pinks that smell of cloves, heliotropes that smell of cherry pie and Cosmos atrosanguineus that smells of chocolate.