Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Polygala verticillata L.
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
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-16" tall forb; stems widely branched|
|Flower: ||white to green to pink, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, about half to 2/3 as wide as long, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large, wing-like; inflorescence a 1 1/2" conical to cylindrical, dense, stalked cluster (raceme) with a pointed tip; blooms July-Oct.|
|Leaf:||linear to narrowly oblong, usually in whorls of 2-5|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture to moist; prairies, woods; in sandy soil|