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Heliotrope (Turnsole, Indian Turnsole, Cherry Pie)

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  • Common Name: Heliotrope (Turnsole, Indian Turnsole, Cherry Pie)
  • Latin Name: Heliotropium spp.
  • Family Name: Boraginaceae

Heliotrope contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can cause gastric distress and severe liver damage.  Sheep and cattle have died after ingesting food containing the seed of the Heliotrope plant, so do not offer any part of this plant to tortoises.  See also Common Heliotrope.

Do not confuse with Winter Heliotrope (Petasites fragrans) which is a completely different plant from a different family and do not confuse with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) which is also called Garden Heliotrope.

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