HELIOPHILA coronopifolia
(HELIOPHILA longifolia)



Height: 18" (50cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Blue

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Dilleniiidae (Dillenia Superorder)
Order: Capparales (Caper Order)
Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage Family)
(formerly Cruciferae)
Genus: Heliophila
Species: coronopifolia (with leaves like those of Coronopus)

Heliophila coronopifolia is a short annual with feathery leaves and bright blue, four-petalled flowers in summer. It is not fully hardy, so should be planted out after any danger of frost. If grown in warm conditions, it tends to be leggy and weedy.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:

Seed Pod

The seedpod is long and thin, squashed together between the seeds.


The seeds are small flattish discs. There are several seeds in a pod.


The seedleaves are long and thin, and the first true leaves are long and thin, like grass.

Seed sowing and Germination

Spring: Seeds sown outside in spring germinated in 6 days.

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