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Polygala myrtifolia African Milkworth

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This plant flowers continually from Summer to winter before the frost. I bring it inside in December before the frost. The flowers are typical legume flowers in bright pink. It has many other common names including Myrtle leaf Milkworth, snakeroot and Sweet Pea Shrub. There are over 500 species of Polygala with different colours and shapes of flowers. I believe that it is called African Milkworth because its origin is from South Africa and the farmers there credit this plant with increasing the yield of milk from cows.



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