Heliophila suavissima, in Afrikaans the ruikpeperbossie (small aromatic pepper bush), grows widespread in South Africa, apart from north of the Vaal River. It is found in areas varying much in rainfall and temperature. The plant is a perennial herb of 60 cm, growing lax, branched stems from a woody base, a suffrutex. The leaves are narrow, awl-shaped, about 1 mm wide and 5 mm long. They are often bunched near branch ends, dropping off to expose slender, pale grey-green stems.
The plant is palatable to livestock and game; much browsed. Being adapted to many varying conditions and having a large distribution area, Heliophila suavissima is not currently decreasing in its natural population and thus not considered to be under threat, early in the 21st century (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot).
The Heliophila genus, recently augmented through reclassification, comprises 85 species, mostly found in the south-western Cape (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Manning, 2009).