Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight'
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Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight'

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Common Name: Heliotrope, Cherry Pie
Hardiness Zone: Annual Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jun-Oct
Mature Height: 15-20" Spacing: 12-15"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Fragrance: Yes
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Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight' is a traditional favorite annual that bears loose, flat heads of intensely fragrant, deep lavender blooms. The plants prefer full sun and even moisture. And they will winter easily indoors. They open royal purple and slowly fade to lavender. Unlike other varieties bred for deeper color, 'Fragrant Delight' preserves the vanilla perfume that, to our mind, makes a Heliotrope a Heliotrope. Not suited to southern growing conditions; perennial in western zones 9-10.

For more information on growing Heliotrope, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 Reviews) Write a Review

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These plants arrived healthy and budding out already. I order heliotropes from WFF every year and am never disappointed. I can’t sit to experience their beautiful fragrance all summer long.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Best yet

Bought 2 of these plants. Shipping was longer than usual due to UPS turnover to USPS. Plants were wilted on arrival, but with gentle care and watering they perked up nicely. Contacted WFF who apologized for situation. Plants are thriving beautifully and are indeed very fragrant. They have nice sturdy stems, and didnt require staking. Will purchase again

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Perfect name for this delightful heliotrope

Deer love my yard, and they often munch on plants that are "deer resistant" -- so I didn't get my hopes up for this heliotrope when I made it the centerpiece of my container. But Bambi leaves this plant alone, so I can enjoy its wonderful fragrance! It has excellent structure and a beautiful color. I will order several next spring.

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Seriously abundantly deliciously heavenly fragrant!

I love these! I ordered three and I am sorry I didn't buy more. I picked up a couple more at the farmers market but while they did have some fragrance, it is the ones from White Flower Farms that are far and away the most
fragrant. Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight' is intoxicating. I find it a bit of a nusiance to overwinter plants in my apartment, but with these, I might just consider going through the trouble. I buy most of my plants with a consideration to fragrance and this one really doesn't disappoint. 10 Stars!!!

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I received my first heliotrope in the Rodeo Drive collection maybe seven years ago. Given Chicago winters, I would buy one again each season for my relatively small patio garden. Last year I read that they could be wintered over with proper care. I did that last winter. That plant, now a bush, is rewarding me with abundance. I still buy a Rodeo Drive each year in addition but am really enjoying this flower that was completely unknown to me ten years ago. Thank you, Whiteflower Farm!

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: hee-lee-oh-tro'pee-um    

Grow in full sun (afternoon shade is recommended in Zone 10 and the warmest parts of Zone 9 in the West) and evenly moist soil. Plants in dry soil are susceptible to powdery mildew, an aptly named fungal disease. Remove flower clusters as they turn brown to encourage the formation of new ones. Hardy to Zone 9 (20°F). In cold-winter climates, bring plants indoors before frost and place them in an east or west-facing window in a cool room. Water just enough to keep plants from drying out completely. Set back outdoors after the danger of frost has passed in spring.

Growing Standards:

A standard is a woody plant trained to a long, single stem. The stem is crowned with a round head of foliage and flowers. This arrangement is beautiful but also unnatural, requiring a bit of effort on the part of the gardener to prevent gravity and the unrepressed inclinations of the plant from undoing the horticulturist's handiwork.

Staking a Standard: To keep your standard standing, put it out of reach of strong winds and support it with a stake that has a diameter at least as large as the stem's and long enough that when plunged into the pot or the ground it just reaches inside the head. Fasten the standard to the stake at several points with garden twine or green plastic tie tape looped in a figure-eight around stem and stake. Check the ties periodically during the growing season and loosen them if they constrict the outward growth of the stem.

Pruning, fertilizing, and repotting: Maintain the shape of the head with selective pinching of the new shoots (overzealous pinching will prevent the formation of flower buds). Pinch each shoot between thumb and forefinger or cut with pruning shears. Do not shear the plant as though it were a hedge. Fertilize standards grown in pots as you would other pot-grown plants. If you find that a standard in a container dries out quickly after watering, the plant probably needs a larger pot. Lift it from its current pot, make four deep vertical cuts in the root ball, and place it in a new pot that is 2in wider and taller than the old one, filling in around the root ball with fresh potting mix. Water thoroughly after repotting.

Overwintering a standard: Most standards require special care to overwinter. In cold winter climates, bring standards of Abutilon, Anisodontea, Fuchsia, Heliotrope, Lantana, and Rosemary indoors before frost and place them in an east- or west-facing window in a cool room. Water just enough to keep plants from drying out completely, and do not fertilize while plants are in this not-quite-dormant period. Set back outdoors in spring when nighttime temperatures remain consistently above 55°F.

Rosemaries will survive the winter in the ground in Zones 7 and warmer. In colder zones, bring your potted Rosemary indoors in the fall. Cut your Rosemary back by about one-third before bringing it indoors to overwinter. Do not repot it often as this causes shock. Place the plant in a spot that receives a lot of sun but that stays under 60°F. A cool, sunny enclosed porch is ideal. Keep the plant away from heat sources and on the dry side. Do not fertilize.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click here.