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Sweet Pea Shrub 'Petite Butterflies'

Polygala fruticosa

Family: Polygalaceae
Genus: Polygala (pol-ee-GAH-luh) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Petite Butterflies
Additional cultivar information:(aka MonMai)



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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

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

Aliso Viejo, California

Arroyo Grande, California

Carlsbad, California

Huntington Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Napa, California (2 reports)

Oakland, California

Redlands, California

Redwood City, California

San Jose, California

Santa Clara, California

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 6, 2011, Missmimind from Napa, CA wrote:

Saw a huge specimen of this plant in Ft Bragg, California, while on vacation, grown in a front yard of a home directly on the coast. Was at least 3.5 ft tall...VERY woody at base with about the top 10 inches covered with leaves and flowers. That home's gardener said he cuts it back indiscriminately to keep it below the window sill and it re-leaves and flowers without problems. I purchased a 1 gal plant size at a local nursery there and brought it home to Napa, California, to plant. So far, it made it through a 2 hour freeze the other night in the pot, with no damage (was 32 degrees.) Hoping it makes it through winter. Will post more as time goes by.... beautiful shade of small green leaves (looks somewhat fleshy) and has several flower buds about to open (it's November right now.) ... read more