Shrubby Milkwort (Polygaloides chamaebuxus)

Botanical names:
Polygaloides chamaebuxus Accepted
Polygala chamaebuxus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 to 6 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: creamy-white flowers, with bright yellow stigmatic lobes.
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Suitable for miniature gardens
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Summer cuttings root easily. Rooted layers make life much easier still.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 19, 2011 12:47 AM

Polygala chamaebuxus was named by Linnaeus in 1753 and comes from the mountains of west-central Europe where it grows in the higher wooded slopes and up into the pastures and rocky ledges.

Blooms in January, February and March in the Pacific Northwest and May re-bloom in the summer if happy. Likes cool, peaty conditions.

Can be lightly pruned after blooming to tidy up the plant.

Forms a dense mats of little leaves and has a creeping habit.

It is a dwarf evergreen shrub that grows well in sunny conditions on a wide variety of well drained soils,
They are ideal Rock Garden or Peat Garden plants and will spread into compact, low growing shrubs, needing little attention.

This Polygala has creamy/white blooms with yellow lips that turn orange to crimson as the flowers age.

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What an interesting looking plant by gardengus Mar 1, 2014 4:13 PM 9
Polygala chamaebuxus by valleylynn Nov 8, 2012 5:00 PM 2

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