Polygala fruticosa Petite

Polygala fruticosa Petite

Common Names

Heart-leaved Polygala (english)
iThethe (zulu)


Genus Polygala
Species fruticosa
SA Plant Number
Basionym Polygala fruticosa Petite


Polygala fruticosa "Petite" is a hardy, evergreen, shrublet that has shiny, grey-green, heart-shaped leaves that have red margins. The young leaves are a shiny, coppery pink.

The clusters of gorgeous, magenta, pea-shaped flowers appear from August to May and attract bees and other pollinating insects to the garden.

This beautiful plant is great in a mixed border, rockeries, Terraforce walls or containers. Used in traditional medicine.

Plant in compost-rich soil in full sun or semi-shade and water well when planting and until settled. Thereafter it will tolerate quite dry conditions.

Size: 0.4 to 1m


Wildlife garden plant:

The flowers attract bees and other pollinating insects to the garden.



KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape

Natural Habitat:

Mountain slopes and coastal hills.


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