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Polygala polygama (Racemed milkwort)
Cressler, Alan

Polygala polygama

Polygala polygama Walter

Racemed Milkwort, Pink Milkwort

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Synonym(s): Polygala aboriginum, Polygala polygama var. obtusata, Polygala polygama var. ramulosa


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

Pink milkwort grows 8-16 inches tall in the sandy soil of East Texas, usually in woods. Leaves are alternate, about 1 inch long and 1/4 inch wide, attached directly to the stem. The erect stem has a slender cluster of pink flowers about 1/4 inch long, loosely arranged on the upper part. It also has complete flowers growing under ground or just above the surface that do not open (cleistogamous). They are white.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , CT , 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 , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON , QC

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Sandy

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX


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

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-09-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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