Polygala myrtifolia

A medium, evergreen, free-flowering shrub with showy pink to purple, sweet pea-like flowers.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 5m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

The September bush is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub or small tree that bears masses of attractive sweet pea-like flowers throughout the year, but is most prolific in September (hence its common name).

It is a magnificent addition to a wildlife-friendly garden as its sparse branches make excellent perches for many small birds and the flowers attract numerous insects.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts birds and insects as it constantly has a source of nectar-rich flowers.
Birds eat the protein-rich seeds.
It serves as the larval host plant to the Lucerne Blue butterfly.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Occurs in a variety of habitats from moist evergreen forest to open grassy hillsides, along streams and on dunes.

MAINTENANCE:
The September bush is low maintenance.
It loses leaves and flowers throughout the year which form an excellent mulch.
Dry twigs may be cut back to neaten the shrub but leave some which serve as perches for little birds.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Country, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Excellent focal shrub to add colour to a particular part of your garden design.
An extremely beneficial plant to add to a wildlife-friendly garden.
FLOWERS:
The bright pink, pea-like flowers are up to 25mm in diameter and have 3 petals made up of 2 wings and 1 keel with a feathery white crest.
FOLIAGE:
The leaves are simple and alternate with a smooth margin. They are oblong in shape, with a rounded apex and a tapering base. The leaves are approximately 5cm long x 1cm wide. They are light green and soft with an almost absent petiole.
BARK:
Grey to brown and smooth.

FRUIT:
The dried flowers split into a slightly winged capsule containing a tiny seed.

SEED:
A small, oval, brown capsule is found in dried flowers that have been pollinated.

WILDLIFE GALLERY:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Lampides boeticus (Lucern Blue)

CULTIVATION:
Easy to propagate from seed. It also readily self-seeds in the garden and seedlings can be transplanted.

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