Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterflies' - Knowledgebase Question

Mill Valley, CA
Avatar for mark95
Question by mark95
January 2, 2006
How quickly does this species of Polygala grow? And how much can it be trimmed and pruned?

Answer from NGA
January 2, 2006
Polygala Petite Butterfly developed naturally as a sport from the South African Polygala fruticosa, which normally grows to about 4 feet tall. Polygala Petite Butterfly tops out at only 18 inches tall but blooms in the same nonstop manner as P. x dalmaisiana. Petite Butterfly's soft green leaves and pinkish-magenta flowers are somewhat smaller as well.

It is a moderately fast grower, reaching mature size in the second year. You can trim it to keep it compact, pruning just after flowering has finished. This plant blooms in cycles throughout the year so simply choose a lull in the bloom cycle to trim it back.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by RootedInDirt and is called "Red Blown Glass"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.