Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1952

Forb
Biennial/Short-lived perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in wet savannas, ditches, bogs, other wet areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate (reduced upward)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Orange
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
6 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

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 (1968) 106-01-014:
Polygala lutea   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Orange Milkwort, Red-hot-poker, Candyroot


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_polu_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_007

May    Berkeley County    SC

Seewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center

Small orange-yellow flowers in a dense head, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_013

May    Berkeley County    SC

Seewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_019

May    Berkeley County    SC

Seewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center

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Pat Bright    jeb_greenswamp062808_07

June    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_lutea_19

July        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_lutea_3_s

July        

Stems 6-15" tall with fleshy leaves typically widest near their tips, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_lutea_4

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm091017_131

October    Sumter County    SC

Manchester State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm151121_035

November    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

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JK Marlow    jkm151121_042

November    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

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Tim Spira    tpsplutea

Month Unknown        

Compact 0.5"-1.5" racemes terminate stems and branches, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.