Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Share

Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or choose a plant family:
Polygala ovatifolia (Eggleaf milkwort)
Hibbits, Terry

Polygala ovatifolia

Polygala ovatifolia A. Gray

Eggleaf Milkwort

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: POOV

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Erect, suffrutescent, branched perennial to 1 foot in height. Stems with soft, dense spreading-pilose hairs. Leaves mostly alternate or occasionally sub-opposite; oblong to oblong-lanceolate; about 1x1/2 inch; margins entire; base obtuse to rounded; apex acute to narrowly obtuse; hirsute with short, spreading hairs on both surfaces and on margins; petiole about 2mm in length. Zygomorphic flowers borne on loose, mostly upright, terminal or axillary panicles 1-3 inches in length; peduncles hirsute; pedicels bracteate and hirsute, 2-5mm; sepals five, outer three green, pilose, inner two white, petalous, spreading as wings; petals three, white to greenish-white, keel blunt with greenish-yellow apex. Fruit an orbicular, winged capsule to about 1/2 inch containing two arils.

Native to South, Southwest and West TX, southern NM and northern MX.

 

From the Image Gallery

1 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Oblanceolate
Leaf Pubescence: Pilose
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute , Obtuse
Leaf Base: Cuneate , Rounded
Inflorescence: Axillary , Raceme , Terminal
Flower: Sepals five; outer three herbaceous
Fruit: To about 1/2 inch.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct

Distribution

USA: NM , TX
Native Distribution: TX, NM, MX
Native Habitat: Limestone rocky hills.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rocky, limestone soils.

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Propagation Material: Seeds

Bibliography

Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

Search More Titles in Bibliography

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-12-11
Research By: Joe Marcus

Go back