Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 19 taxa in the family Polygalaceae, Milkwort family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Gaywings, Fringed Polygala
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygaloides paucifolia   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala paucifolia   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala paucifolia 106-01-001   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests, mostly at moderate to high elevations

Common (rare in SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Racemed Milkwort, Southern Bitter Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala polygama   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Polygala polygama   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala polygama 106-01-002   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in sandhills, woodlands, woodland borders

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Showy Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Asemeia grandiflora   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Polygala grandiflora var. grandiflora   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala grandiflora 106-01-003   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in sandhills, dry sandy soils of roadsides and fields

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Seneca Snakeroot
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Polygala senega   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala senega   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala senega 106-01-004   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in woodlands and openings, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Polygala sanguinea, Field Milkwort, Blood Milkwort need picture of leaf or frond of Polygala sanguinea, Field Milkwort, Blood Milkwort need picture of flower of Polygala sanguinea, Field Milkwort, Blood Milkwort need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Polygala sanguinea, Field Milkwort, Blood Milkwort need picture of fruit of Polygala sanguinea, Field Milkwort, Blood Milkwort
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speaker icon Common Name: Field Milkwort, Blood Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala sanguinea   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala sanguinea   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala sanguinea 106-01-005   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in woodlands, openings, woodland borders

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Polygala mariana, Maryland Milkwort need picture of leaf or frond of Polygala mariana, Maryland Milkwort need picture of flower of Polygala mariana, Maryland Milkwort need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Polygala mariana, Maryland Milkwort need picture of fruit of Polygala mariana, Maryland Milkwort
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Common Name: Maryland Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala mariana   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala mariana   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala mariana 106-01-006   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in bogs, pine savannas, other open wet habitats

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Curtiss's Milkwort, Appalachian Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala curtissii   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala curtissii   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala curtissii 106-01-007   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in mafic barrens, old fields, thickets, openings

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Whorled Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Polygala verticillata +   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala verticillata +   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala verticillata var. verticillata 106-01-009a   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in dry woodlands, woodland borders, openings, fields

Native

 


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camera icon Common Name: Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala ambigua   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala ambigua   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala verticillata var. ambigua 106-01-009b   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in fields, woodlands, openings

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont & Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Boykin's Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Polygala boykinii var. boykinii   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala boykinii var. boykinii   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in longleaf pine flatwoods and savannas, seeps, prairies

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala cruciata   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Polygala cruciata var. cruciata   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala cruciata 106-01-010   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in bogs, damp or wet soil in openings

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Hooker's Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala hookeri   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala hookeri   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala hookeri 106-01-012   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in pine savannas

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pink Milkwort, Procession Flower
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala incarnata   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala incarnata   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala incarnata 106-01-013   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in pine savannas, woodlands, fields

Common (rare in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Coastal Plain Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Polygala setacea   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala setacea   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in pine flatwoods and bogs

Uncommon

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Orange Milkwort, Red-hot-poker, Candyroot
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala lutea   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala lutea   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala lutea 106-01-014   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in wet savannas, ditches, bogs, other wet areas

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Dwarf Milkwort, Candyroot
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala nana   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala nana   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala nana 106-01-015   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in longleaf pine flatwoods, other open moist areas

Common in GA Coastal Plain (rare & possibly introduced elsewhere in NC-SC-GA)

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Short Pinebarren Milkwort, Low Pinebarren Milkwort, Dwarf Milkwort, Savanna Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala ramosa   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala ramosa   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala ramosa 106-01-016   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in wet savannas, pocosin margins, bogs

Common (rare in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Tall Milkwort, Tall Pinebarren Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polygala cymosa   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygala cymosa   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygala cymosa 106-01-017   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in pond cypress savannas, Coastal Plain depression ponds, clay-based Carolina bays, other sites with seasonally flooded hydrology

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: White Milkwort, Baldwin's Milkwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Polygala balduinii   FAMILY: Polygalaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Polygala balduinii   FAMILY: Polygalaceae

 

Look for it in wet pine savannas, marl prairies

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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