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.