Also a kind of heliotrope
, Heliotropium arborescens
, with dense clusters of small purple flower
s, and wide somewhat furry leaves
. The flowers' intense, warm aroma
justifies the name. But beware, all parts are poisonous
It is a half-hardy annual suited for borders, as it forms a low bush. Prefers warmth, and in warmer climes may become perennial. It was very popular in Victorian times. It originates in the Andes of Peru and has the synonym H. peruvianum.
Note this is not the herb commonly known as heliotrope.