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Polygala myrtifolia


Water Needs

low; moderate

Polygala myrtifolia
Shrub small; Shrub medium;
September Bush

2 - 3 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade




purple; August September year round; winter spring

Garden Situation

screen; wildlife; rockery; sandy soils; sun; semi-shade; windy; slope; paving; shrubbery; wildlife carpenter bees insects butterfly host; narrow spaces; fast-growing easy-care


hot dry; rocky places; fynbos; grassland; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; woodland forest; urban streets


western cape; thicket; highveld; subtropical east coast; karoo

Rain Season

winter; summer

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This lovely, light foliage shrub has a variable growth habit; usually attaining a height and spread of 1- 2 m, in Kloof it often reaches 2.5 m, while in harsher areas, in shallow soils and dry conditions, it will remain a small shrub of 1m. It has an upright form with a few slender branches covered in leaves. Flowers (August/ Sept and on and off through the year) are mixed shades of purple and an important flower for the carpenter bee. Will grow in winter and summer rainfall areas, sun, light shade, moist and dry soils, though will produce fewer flowers in the shade. Frost hardy. Trim (in autumn so as not to affect flowering) to maintain a neat shape alongside a pathway or in a narrow space. Can plant close to walls and in paved areas.

Polygala myrtifolia
Polygala myrtifolia
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