Heliotrope (H12) flowers (tips deepest madder brown); XI–V; dark green foliage sometimes tinged brown; vigorous with a semi–prostrate habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Flowers 'rich rose carmine self, tips deepest madder brown'.* Heliotrope (H12; RHS 70B) flowers, Nov-May, with dark green foliage sometimes tinged brown. Vigorous with a semi-prostrate habit. 15cm tall, 40cm spread.
Wild-collected; found in Switzerland by Richard Potter of Backhouse Nurseries; introduced by Backhouse Nurseries (York) Ltd. in 1911.
Named from praecox = precocious, early (usually referring to flowering time); ruber = red.