Hibbertia salicifolia

Guinea flower, Cut leaf Guinea Flower or willow guinea flower.

Family: Dilleniaceae

A slender subshrub or undershrub growing up to 2 m tall, found naturally from about the Royal National Park in southern Sydney, New South Wales, along the coast to north-east Queensland. It grows in coastal swamps and wet heath in full sun; not all that common.

Leaves are linear to oblong, to 5 cm long and to 5 mm wide. Bright yellow flowers occur in Spring to Autumn and are solitary or clustered to 15 mm in diameter.

In the garden

Grows best well drained soils in sun or partial shaded coastal sites with some summer moisture. It is hardy when established and ideal for narrow sites. Prune to keep bushy.
Grows naturally in wet areas so may need reliable moisture.


Hibbertias, generally, are easy to grow from cuttings. Seeds can be slow and difficult to germinate.

Other information

Likely regenerates from seedbank after fire.

Hibbertia – after George Hibbert (1757-1837) who was an eminent English merchant, politician, slave-owner, ship-owner, amateur botanist and book collector.
salicifolia – is derived from the Latin words salix meaning “willow” and folium meaning “leaf” referring to the willow-like leaves.

Not known to be at risk in the wild


By Jeff Howes