En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - June 07, 2008

From: Stouffville, ON
Region: Canada
Topic: Rare or Endangered Plants, Herbs/Forbs
Title: Information about pink milkwort (Polygala incarnata)
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Why is the pink Milkwort (Polygala incarnata) and what is it's niche?

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants is a little puzzled by your question, but perhaps you meant to say is "What is the pink milkwort (Polygala incarnata) and what is its niche?" or maybe you meant to say is "Why is the pink milkwort (Polygala incarnata) on the Endangered Species list and what is its niche?" At any rate, here is what we can tell you about the pink milkwort:

Polygala incarnata (procession flower or pink milkwort) is listed on the Threatened and Endangered list for the following US states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It is also listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as endangered. You can read a report about the pink milkwort on the Canadian Species at Risk Public Registry page which includes information about its habitat, reasons for its endangered status, and monitoring, protection and recovery efforts.


Polygala incarnata

Polygala incarnata

 

 

 

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Pruning practices from Austin
May 16, 2013 - I need to do some pruning in my front beds and I know nothing about plants. From what I have been able to identify I have bicolor irises, plumbago, Japanese Aralia. I don't even know where to begin o...
view the full question and answer

Early nectar blooms for Monarch butterflies from Austin
May 04, 2014 - Could you tell me any early spring blooming nectar plants that monarchs will nectar from. I'm specifically looking for bloom times in March and early April. I have plenty of May blooms but not ...
view the full question and answer

Winter trimming of Greggs mistflower
November 11, 2007 - Do I cut my gregg's mist back to the ground for the winter or just leave it alone?
view the full question and answer

Care of Florida Blue or Lisiantus in Houston
October 24, 2005 - I'm in Houston, Texas and I'm growing, for the first time, Florida blues, Eustoma, purple. Since I am from California I'm not familiar with this plant. It's beautiful. How do I care for them i...
view the full question and answer

Arisaema triphyllum and Phlox stolonifera native to Pennsylvania
April 03, 2008 - I asked and you answered my question about PA wildflowers. I have two more questions: is jack-in-the-pulpit a native PA wildflower? and is creeping white phlox a native PA wildflower?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center