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Polygalaceae / Milkwort
Purple Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea)
Purple Milkwort is also known as Blood Milkwort and Field Milkwort.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 40cm in height (16inches).
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 4cm in length (1.6inches). Leaves can be as wide as 0.4 cm (0.16inches). Each slender leaf is entire.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape . They are pink to greenish. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into late summer. Flowers in a cylindrical, terminal head. The dense flower heads consist of many flowers each with five sepals with two being larger and colored like the three petals which are much smaller and joined together with the stamens.
Habitat: Fields and glades and open woods.
Range: Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains except the extreme south. (A few locations in Georgia, not found in Florida)

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This plant has probably been mowed over and thus is more branched than it would normally be.


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More Info:  
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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Rosidae
|Order
Polygalales
|Family
Polygalaceae
Milkwort
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Polygala

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