Polygala – Fringed

Also known as Gaywings

Polygala paucifolia

Family Milkwort (Polygalaceae)
Bloom Late spring, early summer
Habitat Wet, marshes, moist forest, near slow-moving streams
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 3-6″
Flower Petals form a tube tipped with a delicate fringe. A pink or purple “wing” is on each side of this tube. Blossoms resemble orchids but there is no relationship.
Leaf There are 3-6 oval leaves near the top of the stem with small, scale-like leaves on the lower stem.
Notes The stem is tough and woody.


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