Polygala verticillata L.
Family: Polygalaceae
whorled milkwort
Polygala verticillata image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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 widely branched
Leaves: linear to narrowly oblong, usually in whorls of 2-5
Flowers: white to green to pink, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, about half to 2/3 as wide as long, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large, wing-like; inflorescence a 1 1/2" conical to cylindrical, dense, stalked cluster (raceme) with a pointed tip; blooms July-Oct.
Habitat: moderate moisture to moist; prairies, woods; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Polygala verticillata image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Polygala verticillata image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Polygala verticillata image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Polygala verticillata image
Kitty Kohout  
Polygala verticillata image
from USDA Plants website  
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