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PlantFiles: Purple Broom
Polygala virgata

Family: Polygalaceae
Genus: Polygala (pol-ee-GAH-luh) (Info)
Species: virgata (vir-GA-tuh) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jackiescompost On Jun 30, 2007, jackiescompost from Mission Viejo, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I picked this plant up at a nursery in Newport Beach, Ca, last fall and it has continually bloomed since then. The bees love it. I have been so happy with this polygala that I have added grandiflora and petite butterfly to my collection. This plant will bloom in the shade but produces more flowers in full sun. It's great for adding color to those areas which do not receive all-day sun. The virgata does tend to shed lower leaves and displays multiple bare branches beneath the abundant flowers and leaves. I like the look but for those that don't, it is recommended to propagate with cuttings in the ground beneath for a "fuller" look. This plant also reseeds (I have not seen any new growth yet but that could be because mine is potted).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mission Viejo, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Rosenberg, Texas

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