Polygala myrtifolia is also known as Myrtle Leaf Milkwort, September Bush, Sempteberbossie, Augustbossie, Blouertjie, Langelede, Ulopesi, Ulapesi, Umabalabala, or Uchwasha. It is an evergreen rounded and bushy shrub that 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 meaning much milk is due to its stimulating milk production in cows.
Polygala myrtifolia has oval pointed leaves of about 2in or 5cm., alternative and dark green. The buds are flat and green almost half-moon shaped. The flower buds bloom first. The flowers that resemble Sweetpea flowers are purplish-pink in color and have a brush-like tuft protruding. It produces an oval, brown, winged fruit that contains seeds. Based on medical research it seems to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It requires protection in cold winters, so in cold climates, it can be grown in containers.
Plant Polygala myrtifolia in humus-rich but well-drained soil with a lot of light or in the sun. In containers, it might grow to 3ft or 1m. In its native habitat, it flowers all year but usually, the strongest flower season is summer and autumn from July to October. The flowers attract bees.