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Polygala nana (Candyroot)
Cressler, Alan

Polygala nana

Polygala nana (Michx.) DC.

Candyroot, Bachelor's Buttons, Bachelor's Button

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Synonym(s): Pylostachya nana

USDA Symbol: PONA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Bachelorís Button grows 4-6 inches tall in small clumps. The flowers form a cluster around the end of the stem; the cluster is yellow, compact, and about 1 1/2 inches long. Grows best in moist piney woods or wet meadows.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Grows 4-6 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TN , TX
Native Habitat: Grows best in moist piney woods or wet meadows.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW FAC
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


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

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Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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