Polygaloides (syn. Polygala) chamaebuxus


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This native of the Alps is one of the premier little shrublets in the world and one we have seen in the Swiss Alps. Slow-growing evergreen spreader with profuse pea-like flowers carrying purple-pink wings and a yellow keel reminding me somehow of candy corn when I was a kid. I guess because they don't look real. Doing fantastic in our sunny garden.


Plant Type

  • Shrub
  • Evergreen

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 4a (-30 °F)
  • Zone 4b (-25 °F)
  • Zone 5a (-20 °F)
  • Zone 5b (-15 °F)
  • Zone 6a (-10 °F)
  • Zone 6b (-5 °F)
  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist
  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Spring