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Scientific Name: Polygala myrtifolia
Alternative Names: Blou Ertjie, Langelede (Afr.), Ulopesi, Umabalabala (Xho.), Uchwasha (Zul.)

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Polygala myrtifolia


  • Perennial
  • September Bush is indigenous and occurs naturally from the Bokkeveld Mountains near Clanwilliam in the Western Cape to Kwazulu-Natal.
  • Along this wide distribution area changing from winter to summer rainfall - Polygala myrtifolia varies in form as it changes to adapt to the different areas it grows in - from the harshness of the coast to the drier inland climates.
  • September Bush is an evergreen shrub up to 0.6 to 1.8 m with slender branches densely covered with leaves that resemble myrtle.
  • It bears abundant, mauve pea-like flowers almost all year round.
  • September Bush can adapt to most gardens - suitable for coastal gardens, fynbos gardens, low maintenance and water-wise gardens.
  • It is excellent as a fast-growing windbreak, hedge and colourful shrub able to grow in most soil types.
  • September Bush responds well to light pruning and would need very little watering once established.
  • It grows in sun or semi-shade but flowers best in full sun and makes an excellent container plant.
  • Because of the non-invasive nature of its root system, this shrub is perfect for both large and small gardens.
  • September bush is drought resistant and can withstand very mild frost.

Parts Used

  • The aerial parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • September Bush has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties.
  • Tests run by the University of Natal at Pietermaritzburg have found that aqueous extracts of P. myrtifolia showed activity against Candida albicans (which causes oral candidiasis).
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