The polygala myrtifolia or polygale with myrtle leaves is a shrub particularly appreciated for its long flowering.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Polygala myrtifolia
Family : Polygalaceae
Type : Shrub shrub
Height : 0.5 to 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : March to November
Its persistent foliage and provided with pretty little leaves will also seduce you.
Planting polygala myrtifolia
You will plant your polygala myrtifolia indifferently in the fall or in the spring although it is recommended to plant in the spring when the winter climate in your area is fairly cool.
- Avoid planting before the last frosts at all costs
- Choose a warm, sunny spot for long-lasting flowering
- Polygala is very resistant to winds, even strong ones
- Avoid soils that are too compact and / or poorly drained
- Water regularly for the first 2 years after planting
The polygala, firmly in place, can reach up to 2 m in height in a few years.
Multiplication of polygala myrtifolia:
We can multiply this shrub by cuttings at the end of summer on hardened stem or at spring on the youngest shoots.
Propagation by cuttings nevertheless remains quite difficult.
As for sowing, sow in early spring under cover for establishment the following fall.
Pruning and caring for polygala myrtifolia
No size is really essential but if you want shrink or reshape your polygala, do it instead end of flowering or at the end of winter.
- Avoid excessively severe sizes at all costs
- A simple pinching young people shoots allows polygala to branch out and densify
Polygala is fairly resistant to drought but will gladly accept watering in hot weather
If your area is afraid of severe frost, prefer it pot culture polygala so that it can be returned homeshelter from frost in winter.
Good to know about polygala myrtifolia
Very beautiful shrub of South African origin, Polygala myrtifolia offers a rather spectacular flowering during a good part of the year.
Easy to maintain, it only grows well in relatively warm climates such as the Mediterranean.
- Its frost resistance is around -7 °
Otherwise, choose a container culture and shelter your shrub during the winter.
Smart tip about polygala myrtifolia
Prefer a well-drained soil to avoid root rot.