Heliotropium species, Scorpion Weed
Evergreen annual shrub with soft wood. Leaves are elliptic, wrinkled and hairy. Flower is fragrant, purple / white, grows in tubular clusters and open alternately.
Only during drought conditions, unpalatable, can be incorporated into hay.
All parts of the plant are toxic, highest concentration in the leaves.
Lack of appetite, weakness, yawning, lack of coordination, jaundice of mucus membranes, aimless walking, chewing motions, diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset, colic.
Contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which cause liver failure, called “walking disease” or “sleepy staggers” which can be fatal.
*It should be noted that we are not veterinarians. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.