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Polygala vulgaris L.

Family - Polygalaceae

Common Name - Common Milkwort

 

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Description

The lower stem leaves are smaller than the upper ones and are all alternately arranged. The flowers can be many shades of blue, pink and white.

Habitats
Dunes & dune slacks
Grassland
Heath
Short turf
Polygala vulgaris
© Quentin GroomInflorescence of Polygala vulgaris
© David Price
Description of Genus

Herbs shrubs and trees. Leaves simple and alternate. 5 sepals three of which are small, usually 3 petals and 8 stamens.

Life History
Perennial
UK distribution

Found in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. (See Map)

Flowering Time

In flower during June, July, July, August and November.

Fruit

The fruit is a capsule.

Flower

The flower is zygomorphic

It may be one of the following colours.

  • blue
  • pink
  • white
Names in other languages and countries

Germany
Gemeines Kreuzblümchen
Sweden
jungfrulin
Dutch
gewone vleugeltjesbloem

Chromosome Number (2N)

56 & 68.

Latin Synonyms


Polygala oxyptera