Winter Heliotrope on a Spring Walk
Winter Heliotrope, Petasites fragrans, is a naturalised plant in Ireland. It is commonly found in woodland habitats in large clumps of lush heart shaped green foliage. It is believed that the winter Heliotrope was first introduced to woodlands when it escaped from gardens where is was planted for its brilliant ornamental qualities.
The tall lilac flowers are scented and are found on top of long stalks which can grow up to 25cm. The plant has become so wide spread and spreads so quickly it is on the verge of becoming an invasive in some countries. It can commonly be found on waste land and around industrial estate in cities now too.