Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

  Polygala sanguinea L. image
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Family Polygalaceae
Polygala sanguinea L.
blood milkwort, field milkwort, purple milkwort
Polygala: from Greek polys, "many or much," and gala, "milk," since it was thought that the presence of some of the species in a pasture increased the yield of milk
sanguinea: Latin for blood red
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 4"-16" tall forb; stems usually solitary or branching towards the top
Flower: rose-purple to white, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, about half as long as wide, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large, wing-like, oval; inflorescence a 3/4" dense, terminal cluster (raceme), head-like, rounded to cylindrical up to 1/3" thick; blooms July-Sept.
Leaf:linear to narrowly-elliptical
Habitat: moist; woods, prairies, fields

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Polygala list Google- Images or Text
Polygala sanguinea L. f. albiflora Millsp.
Polygala sanguinea L. f. typica Farw.
Polygala sanguinea L. f. viridescens (L.) Farw.
Polygala viridescens L.

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