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PlantFiles: Sweet Pea Shrub
Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterflies'

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Missmimind 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.) Beautiful DO look like sweet peas.


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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