• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Blooms:
    Spring through summer; nearly year round in temperate regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pol-ee-GAH-luh froo-tih-KOH-suh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Spring through summer; nearly year round in temperate regions.
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasSuperior shrub for foundation planting under windows or at entry and porch. Blooming plants are bright enough to provide a more long range focal point. Essential to the shrub border but also works well in the back of perennial borders for mass. Makes a good accent for softening corners and framing art and other focal points. Great choice for romantic cottage garden compositions and causal country gardens along picket fences or rails.
    Companion PlantsButterfly Bush (Buddleja); Penstemon (Penstemon); Catmint (Nepeta); Salvia (Salvia); Canna (Canna)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought in temperate coastal regions. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is a unique genus that falls into the milkwort family contains a whopping 600 species world wide. It was classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century, the name derived from the plant's copious milk-like white fluid. This plant was originally classified as the hybrid P. x dalmaiana, originating in South Africa. One of its parents is the European P. chamaebuxus grandiflora and it may also derive some of its reliance from the South African P. myrtifolia. This cultivar was introduced in 2005 by Monrovia Nursery Co.