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NC Native Plant Society:
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Polygala curtissii

Curtiss's Milkwort, Appalachian Milkwort

Scientific Name:

Polygala curtissii

Genus:

Polygala

Species Epithet:

curtissii

Common Name:

Curtiss's Milkwort, Appalachian Milkwort

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Plant Family

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mafic barrens, old fields, thickets, openings. Frequent to common across the mountains and Piedmont, but rare along the western Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Flowers are on compact racemes at the ends of short terminal branches

Jackson County, NC

The Scientific Name is Polygala curtissii. You will likely hear them called Curtiss's Milkwort, Appalachian Milkwort. This picture shows the Flowers are on compact racemes at the ends of short terminal branches of Polygala curtissii

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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