Polygalaceae2017-08-07T06:13:15+00:00

Polygalaceae: Milkwort Family

California Milkwort – Polygala californica

Blooms:

Apr–July

Plant Height:

5–35 cm

Flower Size:

Small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Woodland

Notes:

The only member of its family to be found in Monterey County. Its rose-colored flowers are somewhat pea-like but its two petal-like sepals open almost flat and tend to droop when the flower is fully open. There are 3 actual petals, the lower one shaped like a keel with a small blunt tip (beak) which is yellowish. The lower petal is closely surrounded by the 2 upper ones. The leaves are lanceolate or elliptic, 7–60 mm long.