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Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub*

Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly'

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Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub (Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly') at Wasco Nursery

Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' in bloom

Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' in bloom

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Height: 3 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 8

Other Names: Shrubby Milkwort


A pretty upward growing shrub with evergreen boxwood-like foliage; vivid purple winged flowers with a whitish crest almost year round; cut flowers are long lasting in arrangements; coastal plant great for beachside plantings

Ornamental Features:

Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub features dainty clusters of purple pea-like flowers with violet overtones at the ends of the branches from late winter to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive green foliage. The glossy oval leaves are ornamentally significant but remain green through the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Petite Butterfly Sweet Pea Shrub will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Rock Garden
Flowers Foliage Color Texture
Ornamental Features