Heliophila pusilla

Heliophila pusilla Weed 1.

Scientific Name

Heliophila pusilla

Type of plant


About this weed

Heliophila pusilla is one of those small slender weeds that grow in sandy soils often in coastal areas and Banskia woodlands. Unlike many weeds that are readily seen in bushland this weed tends to remain unobtrusive unless one goes looking for it in spring. Probably introduced with other flowering plants from South Africa where it is a native.


Heliophila pusilla ia a slender erect annual growing to 0.5 m high. It produces small white flowers in spring. The seed pods are up to 2cm long and flattened and constricted around the seeds.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


Usually found in coastal sandy soils, mostly over limestone in the South-West Province. It is also common in Banskia woodlands.

Priority for removal


Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

August, September, October, November

Flower colour/s


Information source


Additional information


Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Heliophila pusilla images


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