Polygala fruticosa 'Africana'

Polygala fruticosa ‘Africana’

Sweet pea bush

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

  • Botanical name: Polygala fruticosa 'Africana'
  • Common name: Sweet pea bush
  • Family: Polygalaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

Polygala fruticosa ‘Africana’ is a compact, evergreen shrub native to South Africa, bearing clusters of beautiful purple flowers that resemble those of sweet peas. This variety has richly coloured purple flowers and is said to flower constantly throughout the year. Its compact habit means Polygala fruticosa ‘Africana’ makes a fantastic container plant.

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It’s hardy to -6ºC, so may require winter protection in colder areas. Try growing it in a large pot or container that can be moved outdoors in summer, then indoors to a bright conservatory or greenhouse in winter.

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For best results, grow Polygala fruticosa ‘Africana’ in a large container in full sun, in moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil.

How to grow Polygala 'Africana'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do Take cuttings in March

Do Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Polygala 'Africana' and wildlife

Polygala 'Africana' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Polygala 'Africana' poisonous?

Polygala 'Africana' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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