Polygala virgata

Water Needs

moderate; low

Polygala virgata
Shrub small
Purple Broom

1,5 - 2 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

hardy

Flowers

purple; September to February; year round; spring summer

sun; semi-shade; damp sun; wildlife carpenter bees insects butterfly host; narrow spaces; clay soils;

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; fynbos; coastal eastern cape; hot dry; bushveld

Region

thicket; highveld; bushveld savanna; karoo;

Rain Season

winter; summer

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Description

Purple Broom is a tall, slender shrub with a light, willowy crown seen to best effect when grown in groups. Purple to magenta flowers form at the top of a single 1.5 - 2 m tall stem, in erect or slightly drooping sprays that fade to almost white as they age. Flowering takes place just before the new leaves appear. The flowering season peaks between September and February, but in my Kloof garden, there are always a few in flower, all self-seeded. Prune hard after flowering, every couple of years, to prevent them becoming too leggy. Purple Broom flowers best in the sun but will take partial shade. Drought and frost hardy, it also thrives in damp soils. Plant behind the Crocosmia, and dot one or two in amongst the pleated leaves for interested and added depth to the bed. Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.

Polygala virgata
Polygala virgata