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Products > Polygala myrtifolia 'Grandiflora'
 
Polygala myrtifolia 'Grandiflora' - Sweet Pea Shrub
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Polygalaceae (Milkworts)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Polygala myrtifolia 'Grandiflora' (Sweet Pea Shrub) - A dense evergreen shrub that grows 5 to 7 feet tall by an equal spread. The unique rich purple flowers have two winged petals that surround the whitish purple lacy crest. They bloom during most of the year, spring is their peak bloom period. Plant in sun or part shade with regular watering. Polygala myrtifolia is one of the parents of the popular Polygala x dalmaisiana (the other parent is Polygala oppositifolia) from which it differs by being a bigger plant with larger brighter green foliage and larger flowers. The form 'Grandiflora' is reportedly the large flower selection although we have never seen the straight species. The name Polygala is Latin from the Greek word 'polugalon' for "much milk" because of the belief that cows grazing on milkwort increased their milk production.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Polygala myrt. 'Grandiflora .