Polygala fruticosa ‘Petite Butterfly’

(Sweet Pea Shrub)

By February 17, 2022
Close up of purple clustered flowers of a Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly', Sweet Pea Shrub)

About Polygala fruticosa ‘Petite Butterfly’ (Sweet Pea Shrub)

This evergreen flowering shrub is called Polygala fruticosa ‘Petite Butterfly’. Its common name, Sweat Pea Shrub, comes from its pea-like purple flowers with two petals in the form of wings and lacy centers. Accompanying its flowers that bloom in cycles year-round you will find compact grey-green foliage atop pinkish stems. With a rounded growth habit, this bush reaches an average landscape size of 2-3 feet by 2-3 feet often within two years of its life.

Care and planting instructions

Plant Polygala fruticosa ‘Petite Butterfly’ in an area that receives full sun to part shade exposure using well-draining soil. Water regularly after planting to establish a healthy root system, then reduce frequency. As a fast grower, you can prune to maintain a more compact size by cutting back stems after a blooming cycle has finished. This variety requires little attention and flourishes best when left alone.

Landscape design ideas

As a coastal species withstanding heavy salt and wind conditions, the Sweat Pea Shrub is a great choice for all seaside landscapes. Plant this variety on street medians, lining sidewalks, or among perennials to keep color in your landscape during the colder months. For those who like fresh-cut flowers, this variety offers year-round opportunities to decorate your interiors.

Botanical Name: Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly'

Common Name: Sweet Pea Shrub

Average Landscape Size: 2-3' x 2-3'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Yellow

Foliage Color: Grey- green

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 1 & 5 gallon

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Low Maintenance, Year-round Interest, Easy Pruning, Ornamental Plant, Attracts Hummingbirds,