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Polygaloides paucifolia [= Polygala paucifolia]

Gay wings, Fringed Polygala, Flowering Wintergreen, Bird-on-the-wing

Scientific Name:

Polygaloides paucifolia [= Polygala paucifolia]

Genus:

Polygaloides

Species Epithet:

paucifolia

Common Name:

Gay wings, Fringed Polygala, Flowering Wintergreen, Bird-on-the-wing

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Moist to dry forests, mostly at moderate to high elevations” (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in the NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Plant

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Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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