Polygala alba [Polygalaceae]

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Scientific Name Polygala alba USDA PLANTS Symbol
POAL4
Common Name White Milkwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
29323
Family Polygalaceae (Milkwort) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils, rocky hillsides, wooded areas and fields; found in most of the state except East Texas.
Plant: Erect, slender perennial 8 to 16 inches tall, multiple weak stems, simple or branched, often with a cluster of short, basal leafy branches.
Leaves: A couple of basal whorls of a few small spatulate to obovate leaves; narrow linear stem leaves 1/3 to 1 inch long.
Inflorescence: Crowded, tapering racemes up to 3-1/2 inches long with many small flowers, each ~1/4-inch long; 5 sepals, outer 3 small, greenish to purplish, the inner 2 much larger, white, looking like petals; 3 white petals, lowest often purple-tinged.
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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