Polygala sanguinea L.  
Family: Polygalaceae
blood milkwort, field milkwort, purple milkwort
[Polygala sanguinea f. albiflora L., Polygala sanguinea f. viridescens L.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Polygala: from Greek polys, "many or much," and gala, "milk," since it was thought that the presence of some of the species in a pasture increased the yield of milk
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-16" tall forb; stems usually solitary or branching towards the top
Leaves: linear to narrowly-elliptical
Flowers: rose-purple to white, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, about half as long as wide, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large, wing-like, oval; inflorescence a 3/4" dense, terminal cluster (raceme), head-like, rounded to cylindrical up to 1/3" thick; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: moist; woods, prairies, fields
Conservation Status: Native
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Steve C. Garske  
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Merel R. Black  
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Kitty Kohout  
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