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Polygala chamaebuxus


box-leaved milkwort

A colourful addition to any rock garden

Price 1 Litre Pots £3.99 Each - 3 for £10

The shrubby milkwort as it is commonly known, forms a low, ground-hugging mat of small green leaves that remain attractive throughout the year. Delightful pea like flowers of purple and contrasting bright yellow smother the plant in spring and often again later in summer. An extremely hardy alpine which will become a long term subject in the garden.


Anywhere in full sun. Perfect for the rock garden, in gaps in paving, in gravel, on a low wall, at the front of beds and borders or in a shallow planter.


A well-drained soil, preferably alkaline with good drainage. No maintenance required apart from the removal of dead and damaged foliage. Surround the plant with grit or gravel to enhance appearance and protect from wet.

A native of west-central Europe it has been in cultivation since the mid 17th century

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 5 cm - 10 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden, Gravel garden, Mediterranean garden, Rock garden


Typically available

From April to September