Family: Polygalaceae (Milkworts)
Origin: South Africa
Flower Colour: Purple
Height: 1 - 2 meters
Width: 1 - 2 meters
Exposure: Sun or Part shade
Irrigation: Medium water requirements
The Polygala fruticosa (Petite Butterfly or Sweet Pea Shrub) has a compact habit of growth reaching up to 2 meters in height. It is very free flowering all year round and has to be the most attractive shrub for any garden attracting birds and bees alike. It also makes a good cut flower and lasts well in flower arrangements.
The young leaves of this indigenous evergreen are tinged with purple and the flowers resemble those of the Sweet Pea. This hardy plant requires no special care, it has excellent water-wise properties, and once established it will tolerate fairly heavy drought.
The 'Southern Shores' selection grows very well in rockeries, on slopes and any well-drained, sunny garden position providing a stunning display. This specimen also grows naturally next to the sea so it makes an ideal small shrub for coastal gardens.
This shrub has so many positive attributes that it is bound to make your head spin, in my opinion a must for any garden.