- erect, perennial shrub up to 2m high
- leaves are 1.5cm long, with leaflets and raised glands on the underside
- flowers occur in groups of 2-3, with 3-4 wings that change from greenish-yellow to deep maroon
- populations found on sandy plains have darker foliage and more compact appearance than those on hills.
- dioecious (it has separate male and female parts)
- probably an early coloniser following fire or soil disturbance
- flowers from February to August.
Peep Hill hop-bush is listed as nationally endangered – estimated 45,000 to 50,000 plants remaining.
- grazing (stock and rabbits)
- fire (either too frequent or not frequent enough)
- disturbance (road maintenance).
Low hills and plains on loamy soils with rocky (limestone, slate, shale) outcrops. Found in mallee woodland, often with Callitris preissii and sheoak. It also has been found in acacia shrubland.
Endemic to South Australia. In the Murraylands and Riverland region populations are found in:
- Walkers Flat
- Black and White Hill (near Sedan)
- Peep Hill
- Notts Well
How you can help
Please be aware of native plants and help preserve them by:
- preventing damage caused by grazing
- preventing removal/illegal collection
- controlling weeds to reduce competition
- taking a photo instead of picking native flowers
- volunteering with the Murraylands and Riverland region or joining your local native vegetation group
- reporting any sightings of these endangered plants to our offices (contact details below).