Polygala virgata, Purple broom, Persboom, Bloukappie

Polygala virgata

Purple broom, Persboom, Bloukappie
Family: Polygalaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This plant is native to South Africa, but grows well in warm climate regions and also in colder climates when grown in a pot.

Polygala virgata is a large-sized perennial shrub native to South Africa. Growing to 5-10 feet tall, this attractive plant has bright green foliage and abundant clusters of bright pink flowers from spring-fall. This stunning shrub is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, and the flowers have a sweet fragrance. It forms wide, rounded crown with erect branches giving it a full and bushy look.

As with most flowering shrubs, Polygala virgata needs full sun to bloom and to keep its form. It prefers the moderate watering in well-drained soil, but must be watered during dry times to avoid dehydration. Pruning during the active growing seasons is recommended. The plant is said to be relatively tolerant to cold temperatures, and some reports indicate that mature Polygala virgata plants can survive temperatures in the low 30s°F for a short time.

This ethnomedical plant is often seen growing in USDA Zone 9-11 and can be grown in colder regions in a pot. When growing this enchanting shrub in a pot, choose a large pot, as it can grow over time larger than a pot can accommodate. Make sure to have a good quality potting soil and water appropriately, as the pots tend to dry out faster due to the exposed surface area. Furthermore, in colder regions, it is preferable that the pot will be placed sheltered from winter winds, as well as protected from frost.

Whether grown in a garden or in a pot, Polygala virgata is a mesmerizing shrub that will bring beauty to any garden. Its incredibly unique, deep purple-magenta flowers and its fragrant smell will surely attract hummingbirds and butterflies, while providing a stunning show.

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Polygala virgata, Purple broom, Persboom, Bloukappie
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Polygala virgata, Purple broom, Persboom, Bloukappie

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