Herbs & Plants

Heliotropium ellipticum

Botanical Name: Heliotropium ellipticum
Family: Boraginaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Boraginales
Genus: Heliotropium

Synonym :
*Heliotropium parviflorum Stev. ex Boiss.
*Heliotropium striatum Hemsl.
*Heliotropium strictum Ledeb.
*Tournefortia monostachya Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.

Habitat: Heliotropium ellipticum is native to E. Asia – Himalayas. It grows on stony slopes in semi-desert and semi-steppe belts, rarely in steppes. Often a weed in oases, river gravel and sand.

Heliotropium ellipticum is a perennial plant, growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


Medicinal Uses: Used in the treatment of boils, ulcers and the bites of snakes and mad dogs.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Known Hazards: The seeds are toxic


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