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Welcome to another day of the Botanical Garden Tours. Today I want to present to you the Polygala Myrtifolia, also known as the Myrtle-leaf Milkwort.
The Polygalia is an beautiful evergreen flower that is native to the South Africa. Nowadays the overall genus of the Polygala features more than 600 different species. It grows in shrubs that can get as high as 1.5 m and also as broad as 1.5 m. They blossom near the whole year, from April to October. This makes the Polygalia an ideal plant for keeping as an eye catcher in your garden.
This plant actually likes the direct sun and prefers higher temperatures, preferably around 20 to 25°C, but they are also are capable to withstand temperatures of 0°C for a finite time of of 5°C during the whole winter time. They also do not like soils that are to wet and tend to take serious damage if their roots are kept for a longer time. They even prefer a spoil that consists of at least 20% sand. They are really economical regarding watering.
The leaves are relatively thin and oval shaped and remind of look like needles. Those are usually around 50 mm long and 15 mm broad. They are growing in an alternate fashion.
The flowers petals are extremely beautiful- They have a pink or purple color that can ranges up to clearly white at some spots. A secial feature of the petals is the characteristic brush-like fascicle at the end. The petals are even known to close during the night.
The name "Polygala" is an interesting one. It translates to "much milk". This derives from the thought that cows, that are eating the plant since are stimulated to production more milk. The species is also known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
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