Philotheca spicataCommon name: Pepper and Salt

Meaning of name: Philotheca is from the Greek words psilos, meaning naked or bald, and thece, meaning covering or box. Spicata is from the Latin word spica, meaning point or flower-spike.

Distribution: Occurs from Three Springs to Augusta.

Remarks: A perennial to 60 centimetres tall. The pink to mauve flowers are produced from June to October.

Associations: Castiarina picta has been seen feeding on the flowers.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.