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Polygala nuttallii

Polygala nuttallii Torr. & A. Gray

Nuttall's Milkwort

Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)


USDA Symbol: PONU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , KY , MA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA
Native Habitat: Dry to moist habitats, barrens, meadows, prairies, woodlands, depression ponds.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 83 - Wildflowers of the United States (2020) Gerry Williamson

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-12-21
Research By: CBR

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