Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.
Scientific name: Polygala sanguinea L.
Common name(s): purple milkwort, field milkwort, blood milkwort, purple polygala, blood polygala
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-simple and alternate leaves
-“petals” are actually sepals; flowers are at the top of the inflorescence, very small and greenish to rose
- fused into a tube
-meadows and fields
Go Botany. 2020 “Polygala Sanguinea L.” Polygala Sanguinea (Blood Milkwort, Purple Milkwort): Go Botany, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/polygala/sanguinea/.