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Common Heliotrope (Heliotrope, European Heliotrope, European Turnsole, Caterpilar Weed)

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  • Common Name: Common Heliotrope (Heliotrope, European Heliotrope, European Turnsole, Caterpilar Weed)
  • Latin Name: Heliotropium europaeum
  • 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.

Do not confuse with Winter Heliotrope (Petasites fragrans) which is a completely different plant from a different family.  See also Heliotrope.
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