Polygala lutea L.
Orange Milkwort, Candy Weed
Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)
Synonym(s): Pylostachya lutea
USDA Symbol: POLU
Compact, head-like clusters of brilliant orange flowers terminate leafy, simple or branched stems.
This flower is typical of the wet sandy soil and bogs of the pine barrens. The species name, Latin for "yellow," refers to the flower's distinctive color when dried; when fresh, it is bright orange, differing from most of the Milkworts, which are pinkish, yellow, or white. P. cymosa is very similar, but taller, while P. nana has lemon-yellow flowers on stems only to 6" (15 cm) tall.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , PA , SC , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal Plain; Long Island south to Florida; west to Louisiana.
Native Habitat: Damp sandy or peaty soil.
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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Polygala lutea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polygala lutea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polygala lutea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-25
Research By: TWC Staff