Velvet Pink

Velvet Pink.

Common name

Velvet Pink

Scientific Name

Petrorhagia dubia

Type of plant


About this weed

Velvet Pink was originally a native of Turkey and southeastern and southwestern Europe but is now common in urban bushland and widely distributed through the agricultural areas in Western Australia. It isn’t documented as to how it was introduced but it may have been introduced with other plants. Note – Petrorhagia velutina has been renamed Petrorhagia dubia.


This delicate pale pink weed is an annual growing to about 70 cms in height. It usually has a single pink/pink-purple/white flower held aloft on a stem, and the flowers emerge from a straw-coloured tube of bracts in late spring and early summer. It reproduces by seed.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


Widely distributed in the Eremaean and South-West Provinces usually in sand, loam or clay. It is found in paddocks, wastelands, road verges and disturbed woodlands and shrublands between Perth and Albany

Priority for removal

Medium: it can disrupt ecological processes or result in loss of biodiversity.

Management (hand)

Remove small and/or isolated plants manually before seed set. The optimal time to manually weed is June to September.

Management (herbicide)

Read the manufacturers’ labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides.

Flowering month/s

August, September, October, November, December

Flower colour/s

Pink, Purple, White

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.

Velvet Pink images


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