Heliotropium amplexicaule

Blue heliotrope

Other common names:

Creeping heliotrope, violet heliotrope.



A prostrate growing herbaceous weed that can grow to 15 cm tall and 30 to 200 cm in diameter. The weed, which is predominantly found within eastern states of Australia, has distinct blue or purple flowers which are in clusters with yellow throats. The dull green leaves of the weed are simple, oblanceolate to lanceolate in shape and hairy. It is a declared noxious weed in certain shires of NSW (Flora of NSW 3, 1992). The weed spreads by seed and root parts.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Possibly the leaf-feeding beetle Deuterocampta quadrijuga (Briese, 2012). Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



  • Briese, D. (2012). Heliotropium amplexicaule Vahl–blue heliotrope, Final Report.
  • Flora of NSW 3 (1992). PlantNET NEW SOUTH WALES FLORA ONLINE, Heliotropium amplexicaule Vahl (accessed 30 Dec. 2018).



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