Hatishura, Indian heliotrope, heliotropium indicum

Hatishura or Indian heliotrope (heliotropium indicum, family: boraginaceae) is an annual to perennial erect, much-branched plant that can grow to a height of about 10-75 cm. The hairy stems are usually woody at the base.


Heliotropium indicum is originally from South America. It has become naturalized in the tropical and sub-tropical world.



Flowers of heliotropium indicum bloom mainly in August to SeptemberIt has numerous small white or pale violet flowers with a green calyx; five stamens borne on a corolla tube; a terminal style; and a four-lobed ovary. 



It is considered as a weed of fields and pastures throughout the temperate world. It grows abundantly in fallolands in Bangladesh.


Common names: Hatishura, Indian heliotrope, Indiana turnsole, Erysipela plant.


The brown or greyish-brown seeds are flattened, finely hairy and 5-8 mm long.


Leaves are 7-10 cm long, oval-shaped, narrowed to petiole, wrinkled, glabrous beneath.


                                         The propagation of the plant is caused by seeds.


It is a useful herbal plant. Leaves are used in sore, tumour, pain and insect bite.