A genus comprising over one hundred species (mostly herbs, only a few of them being shrubby), the common Heliotrope (Heliotrope Peruvianum) being the origin of most of the large trussed varieties now in use. They are of easy culture, preferring a light rich soil with plenty of water and a sunny situation.

Propagate by cuttings inserted, in September, in sand and placed in a cool frame and kept shaded for the first two weeks. Where the temperature falls below thirty-three degrees Fahrenheit, the young plants should be protected from cold during the Winter.