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Polygala lutea

Orange Milkwort, Yellow Milkwort, Red-hot-poker, Candy Weed, Candyroot

Scientific Name:

Polygala lutea

Genus:

Polygala

Species Epithet:

lutea

Common Name:

Orange Milkwort, Yellow Milkwort, Red-hot-poker, Candy Weed, Candyroot

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Biennial

Plant Family

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Wet savannas, ditches, bogs, other wet areas” (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Piedmont, common in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Biennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Polygala lutea flower close-up

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Jorge Vigueras, August 2010

Polygala lutea, succulent leaves in a basil rosette. Green Swamp.

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Jorge Vigueras, August 2010

Orange Milkwort in a wet savanna, along with Yellow Pitcherplant, Sarracenia flava.

Look closely. This is a tiny plant!

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Paynter, Brunswick CO, May 2014

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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