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WINTER HELIOTROPE Petasites fragrans (Asteraceae) Height to 20cm. Creeping and patch-forming perennial that grows in damp or shady wayside places and hedgerows. FLOWERS are vanilla-scented and borne in pinkish lilac heads, 10-12mm across; these are carried in spikes, 20-25cm long (Dec-Mar). FRUITS are achenes. LEAVES are rounded, 20cm across, long-stalked and present all year. STATUS-Introduced as a garden plant but now widely naturalised throughout the region.