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Myrtle-leaf milkwort

Polygala myrtifolia, the myrtle-leaf milkwort, is an evergreen 2-4m tall South African shrub or small tree found along the southern and south-eastern coasts, from near Clanwilliam in the Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. It is a fast-growing pioneer plant, a typical fynbos component, and may be found on dunes, rocky places, along forest margins, beside streams, and in open grassland. It belongs to the milkwort family of Polygalaceae.

The shrub blooms from March to October: some flowers remain during the winter. The small flowers, in the shape of butterflies, are purple pink with white spots, gathered in bunches.

It is suitable for all soils, even calcareous, and prefers a sunny exposure. In summer it requires abundant watering. Withstands up to - 4 ° / - 5 ° C. ( 24,8°F)

Polygala Myrtifolia is ideal for planting in groups, for small hedges or planters.

Originally from South Africa, it is cultivated as an ornamental plant and has become widely naturalized in temperate climate zones such as Oceania and southern Europe.


  • Category Flowering shrubs
  • Families Polygalaceae
  • Genus Polygala
  • Species myrtifolia
  • Geographical Area of Origin South Africa
  • Climatic Zones Mediterranean: South and islands, hills. USDA 10 a
  • Habit Shrub
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Colore Foglie Verde
  • Flowering Period March / April / May / June / July / August / September / October
  • Flower Simple flower
  • Colore Fiori Viola
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Light sandy / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Medium shade / Half shade / Full light / Full sun
  • Form Tree / Grown as shrub / bush
  • Colore Frutti Marrone
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