*Polygala virgata

Family Polygalaceae

Slender shrub to 1.5 m.

Flowers: Purple – lilac, March - November.

Fruit: Capsule 10 mm long, July.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to Africa
  • Disturbed sites in partial shade to full sun
  • Occasional weed on woodland margin in one place at the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Killed by fire

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Polygala virgata plant

Polygala virgata flower