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Polygala cruciata (Drumheads)
Fannon, Carolyn

Polygala cruciata

Polygala cruciata L.

Drumheads, Candy Root, Crossleaf Milkwort, Cross-leaved Milkwort

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: POCR

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Candy Root requires moisture and is found primarily on the coastal plains. It grows up to 12 inches high and has few branches. The narrow leaves are in whorls of 4. Flowers are usually pink, occasionally white, and grow in a compact cluster, 1 1/2 inches in diameter, around the upper 2-3 inches of the stem.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers are usually pink, occasionally white.

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL FACW OBL FACW FACW
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS

Bibliography

Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Polygala cruciata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polygala cruciata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polygala cruciata

Metadata

Record Modified: 2017-08-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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