Polygala ramosa Elliott
Low pinebarren milkwort, Yellow savannah milkwort
Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)
Synonym(s): Polygala balduinii var. chlorgena, Pylostachya ramosa
USDA Symbol: PORA2
Yellow savannah milkwort grows 12-18 inches tall, with leaves 1 inch long and 1/4 inch wide. Flower clusters are numerous on short branches near the end of the stem, giving the plant a flat top of bright yellow. Flowers are less than 1/8 inch long. Roots exude a spicy fragrance.
Other species of milkwort with flat-topped clusters include Tall Milkwort (P. cymosa), a larger plant to 4 (1.2 m) tall with yellow flowers and narrow, mostly basal leaves, and Baldwins Milkwort (P. balduinii), also known as White Bachelors Button, with white flowers; both species are found in the southeastern United States.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Grows 12–18 inches tall.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Maryland south to Florida and west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Marshes, pine-barren swamps, and low ground.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Polygala ramosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polygala ramosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polygala ramosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-06-05
Research By: TWC Staff