Heliotropium arborescens 'Midnight Sky'

An excellent container plant for its lovely scent – cherry pie crossed with vanilla. More
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An excellent container plant for its lovely scent – cherry pie crossed with vanilla. A much improved form of 'Marine'.

Genus Heliotropium arborescens
Group/Species arborescens
Variety Midnight Sky
Type Tender Perennial (grown as a Half-Hardy Annual)
Common Name Cherry pie plant
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 25-30cm (10-12in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting May be grown as a perennial plant in warmer climates but in the UK is it best treated as an annual since it will not tolerate frost and often becomes leggy in its later years. Looks effective planted in summer containers where its colour and scent can be enjoyed at close quarters on a patio or terrace. Caution: May be harmful to humans or animals if ingested, wash hands after handling.
Care Tips Pinching plants to encourage blooming, and deadhead to entice a continuous bloom.
Flowering June - October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Heliotropium arborescens 'Midnight Sky' reviews

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Reviewed 31st August 2019 by Julie

Slow to start growing but healthy and beautiful colour once in bloom. Insects love them.

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Hilary

These were bought a s a filler for a tub but I am do not think I will repeat the order.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Mrs Baker

Lovely strong plants, gorgeous colour and scent

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Edwina

two of the five were poor plants and failed to survive. The other three have done well and smell fantastic

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by James

Very well packed ,good strong plants ,IKnow that I can purchase them from you now..your catalogue is good too.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Sandra

Nicely packed healthy young plugs which grew on well.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Madeline

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lisa

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joan

He
Although plants and flowers beautiful colour

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jo Hughes

As Heliotrope goes, these are not my favourite. I think other varieties are actually better scented and have stronger growth.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kath

Good sized plants all healthy when delivered. Still going strong three months later

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Sambrook

Beautiful healthy plants and lots of flowers.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

They’ve been really successful, lots of bright colour, still going strong.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Elaine

One heliotrope plant arrived small and limp compared to the others but soon picked up when planted and all performed well in my big pot. Looks gorgeous now.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alan

Very poor plants supplied this year. 2 died, complained, but no response. Will not be ordering again.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jeanne

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Wright

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Elizabeth

Plants arrived in tip top condition. They seemed a bit small but I grew them on in a cold frame before planting out. They are now lovely bushyplants and covered in blooms. I'm very pleased.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sue

Very happy with all of these healthy plants. All potted up and all flowering well.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

Good healthy plants, delivered promptly, doing well

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Happy with quality only one failure

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

This purchase has grown even better this year. Large plants with plenty of flowers . Combine perfectly with Pelargonium Attar of Roses for a very fragrant combination. Good sized plugs and well packed.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Margaret

Excellent service and communication Heliotrope doesn’t get 5 stars as perfume is not as intense as plants I have had begore

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maria

Two of them arrived in a very bad way and we had them replaced.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joyce

My first year and what a beautiful surprise. The plant has flourished with lovely dark leaves and the most exquisite purple flowers with a scent that fills the garden. Everyone comments on this plant - I have had to type labels with the name of the plant. This will be on my list next year!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kathryn

As above - weak when delivered and never really picked up even when the weather got warmer. I feel like I wasted my money with these.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diane

Not as described. Tiny flowers and very few of them

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Reviewed 6th June 2019 by Mrs Wright

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Reviewed 11th February 2019 by Teresa

Was one of my favourites during the summer. The smell was gorgeous! Will definitely be ordering more. Highly recommend

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Reviewed 27th November 2018 by Ruth

The plants arrived in good condition and potted up well. The slugs then found them, but I managed to rescue them in time, but wasn't able to have them where I wanted them because of Slug Danger. Now they're withering because they're annuals, and I'd assumed (stupidly) that they were perennials. So, a bitter-sweet experience overall.

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Gillian

Excellent service and plants have performed very well

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Alastair

Great diary, Ideal format and very interesting content

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Sally

good strong plants which provided a beautiful scent all summer

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Maggie

Didn't flower as long as I expected but maybe the hot dry summer didn't help

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Lynn

Service and quality first rate. Packaging excellent.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jessamy

Never really got going, not much of a scent, maybe they would have preferred a cooler summer.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Sarah

The young plants were a good size and flourished very well. I am now over-wintering them in my conservatory and hope that such strong plants will keep going.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Donna

Gorgeous vanilla fragrance and intense purple flowers. Great for patio pots.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Dr Perry-Keene

Sadly they had no smell but they grew well

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Peter

Never made very substantial plants

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Mrs Salmon

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Reviewed 20th October 2018 by B Sweeney

Great service but heliotrope probably great for a sunny sheltered south of England garden , but totally unsuitable for my windy Northern Ireland beds

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Valerie

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Susan

They did not like the heat but were pretty good but not as they have been in the past.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Claire

Looked and smelled great but despite general care and dead heading didn't last as long as I expected

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Edwina

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Ruth

I was pleased to find a source for heliotropes, though was disappointed with their growth this year - they never got very tall. I think this must have been my fauly for planting them into old compost to which I'd added some feed. Next year I'll give them proper fresh compost.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Linda

Arrived well packaged but only 4 of the 5 became viable plants. The 5th hardly had any roots and just didn’t make it! Don’t think I’ll buy plants again online. Will probably stick to bulbs.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Janis

Every plant purchase I have made has arrived very healthy and have grown into wonderful plants.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Pat

Reliably long flowering. Lovely colour.
very sturdy plants

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Stephanie

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Lesley

Long flowering and attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Liz

Didn't do very well, stayed very small

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Heliotropium and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Cherry

I have given them the benefit of doubt as I don't think they were too happy in my location and only three survived.

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Reviewed 16th September 2018 by Mrs MacLaurin

Not as successful as other plants - don't know why.

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Linda

These were lovely plants ,they arrived really well packaged , and they have flowered well .

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Margaret

Arrived in great condition and have grown wonderfully. Lots of colour still

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by John

As always excellent service and quality plants.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Valerie

They have flowered all summer and I love the colour of them.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Priscilla

Excellent. They are still flowering.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Carole

have performed well and are still flowering

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by R A Fitzsimons

I had 4 plants that died off but when I reported this I was sent a new set of 10 that have performed well!

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Kathryn

Gorgeous plants, that are still in bloom. I'm hoping to overwinter them.

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Ms Hayter

very healthy and long flowering

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Bridget

Arived as expected beautifully packaged. All plants have done well and are still thriving despite the ho conditions.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Christopher

Great flowers and scent. Very prolific.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Ms Maynard

excellent service. love the vanilla scent this plant emits

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Michael

Very good strong healthy plants.

New Garden

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Reviewed 31st August 2018 by Mrs V Tranfield

I have been asked so many times by visitors what this plant is since the perfume is glorious. Silly me cleared my order system and was unable to remember until finding it again here. I hope this will be available in 2019 since I have more space to fill. If you enjoy a scented garden this is for you it is truly lovely. I go by Sarah's recommendation and have not been disappointed. Wonderful healthy plants that shine as described.

DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE

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Reviewed 27th February 2018 by DAWN ROBSON

I loved the flower colour and foliage but the surprise was how the perfume wafted in the air once the sun was on them, it stopped me in my tracks then the penny dropped, 'ah yes that's the Heliotrope'

Beautiful

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Reviewed 1st July 2017 by B Mitchell-Innes

These were my first ever purchase from Sarah Raven. I am incredibly impressed with the packing and condition of the plants having had less good experiences with other suppliers.

The plants themselves are sturdy and in bud and you can just smell them.

Having grown heliotrope before I am hoping these will over winter under fleece.

Excellent!

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Reviewed 28th August 2016 by Diane Armistead

These have been just great - have kept them dead-headed and they keep flourishing! Really healthy plants and extremely pleased with the quality.