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Polygala paucifolia Willd.
Gaywings, Fringed Polygala
USDA Symbol: POPA5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low plant, flowering from prostrate, underground stems and rootstocks, with pink flowers tinged with purple in the axils of clustered upper leaves.
This exquisite Orchid-like wildflower resembles a tailless, tiny airplane. It was thought that, if eaten by nursing mothers or fed to cows, Milkworts would increase milk production.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB
, NB Native Distribution:
Manitoba to New Brunswick; south through New England, and inland to Virginia and the mountains of Georgia; west to Tennessee, northern Illinois, Minnesota, and Manitoba. Native Habitat:
Rich, moist woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture:
Moist Conditions Comments:
The plant keeps one fertile flower buried on a stem,
used for propagation.(Andy Fyon)
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Hinton, WV
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff