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Mini Marine Heliotrope Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #00980-PK-P1
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Vanilla-scented and Irresistible to Butterflies!

Enormous 8- to 12-inch flower clusters!

Nothing smells quite as sweet as a mass planting of Heliotrope, and with Mini Marine, you get all that heavenly vanilla aroma on neat, compact plants just 8 to 10 inches tall! The perfect summer plant outdoors and winter plant indoors, it offers fragrance like no other!

The old folks called this plant Cherry Pie, and once you smell the deep violet blooms, you'll know why. The flowers arise in big clusters 8 to 12 inches wide, sitting atop bright green leaves with an oval shape and rough texture. Deer avoid the plant because of the scent, but butterflies are drawn like magnets!

Mini Marine is grown as an annual, but it's really a tropical, which is why you can grow it indoors all winter (or even outdoors in semi-tropical zones 10 and 11). Native to Peru, it adapts quite happily to the heat and humidity of our American summers, asking only for a bit of afternoon shade in warm regions. Great for containers (this dwarf variety reaches only about a foot tall!), it blooms vigorously all summer, attracting butterflies and delighting everyone who beholds it.

This is a dense, bushy little plant, with foliage growing right down to the ground. Perfect for the front of the annual bed, as edging, and in containers of any type, this Heliotrope is a must-have wherever strong color and stronger fragrance are desired!

Mini Marine needs rich, moist soil that never completely dries out. It's best in full sun in the north, and some afternoon shade (or dappled sunlight) farther south and west. Pkt is 100 seeds.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Heliotropium
Species arborescens
Variety 'Mini Marine'
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 8 in - 10 in
Plant Width 8 in - 12 in
Bloom Size 8 in - 12 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Purple
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Ornamental, Winter Interest

Product Review Summary

Based on 5 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

September 22, 2019


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have bought this plant for a few years from a garden center but this year I thought I'd give it a try with seeds. From experience I already knew about not letting them dry out ever. They will look limp and will perk up with water but the leaves will turn brown and brittle it doesn't kill the plant. Not a plant for benign neglect. I put them along our walk to the front door. Lovely smell the neighbor kids think they smell like grape candy. Attracts bees and painted lady butterfliesin my area especially from August on.

Janis from WI
August 02, 2019

One of my favorites

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

I so wish these were perennial in my zone! They were easy to start from seed and have done so well out in the garden (morning sun and afternoon shade). Not to mention the fragrance is amazing. So happy with these.

Cheryl from CT
July 16, 2019


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Very easy and so beautiful. Amazing fragrance too!

from CT
September 16, 2016

Looks like the info has been updated

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Had I known earlier that this plant didn't like to dry out, and preferred a bit of afternoon shade, my review would be higher. It hung in there all summer, but looks a bit ratty. It's in a pot, so I'll bring it inside and see if it will revive, or if I just need to start a new one (or a couple!). The flowers look gorgeous and smell better. Love it around the front of my pepper pots!

Gardening in pots in Portland from OR
April 26, 2014


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

i love this plant. it starts from seed very of my favorites.just wish it was a perennial in Michigan.

aj provost from MI

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