Polygala myrtifolia is also known as Myrtle Leaf Milkwort, September Bush, Sempteberbossie, Augustbossie, Blouertjie, Langelede, Ulopesi, Ulapesi, Umabalabala, or Uchwasha.
It is a rounded and bushy shrub. It is evergreen. It belongs to the Polygalaceae family of plants. It is native to South Africa. Polygala myrtifolia can grow to 2m or 6ft tall. In its native habitat, it is usually found in dunes and rocky landscapes and along streams. The Polygala means “much milk” and it is due to its stimulating milk production in cows.
Polygala myrtifolia description:
Polygala myrtifolia has oval pointed leaves. They are about 2in or 5cm. The leaves are alternative and dark green. The buds are flat and green almost half-moon shaped. The flower buds bloom first. The flowers resemble Sweetpea. Flowers are purplish-pink. They have a brush-like tuft protruding. Polygala myrtifolia produces an oval, brown, winged fruit. The fruit contains the seeds. Based on medical research Polygala myrtifolia seems to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
How to grow Polygala myrtifolia:
Plant Polygala myrtifolia in humus-rich but well-drained soil. Grow in the sun or with a lot of light. In containers, it might grow up to 3ft or 1m. In its native habitat, it flowers all year but usually, the best flower season is summer and autumn from July to October. The flowers attract bees.