Type of plant
About this weed
Smooth Heliotrope is easily distinguished by its smooth, fleshy, grey-green leaves and small white flowers. There is some doubt as to whether it is a native or introduced. An interesting note about this weed is that material from this plant turns black on drying.
This small, prostrate annual or short-lived perennial grows to about 0.2 m high. It produces small white flowers between May and January.
Impact on Bushland
It is scattered widely throughout the State and prefers saline swamps and samphire flats and ephemeral wetlands from Perth to the Kimberley. It can also be found in seepages in agricultural areas, drainage lines and winter wet depressions.
Priority for removal
January, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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.