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Heath Milkwort

Polygala serpyllifolia

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Polygalaceae (Milkwort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Blue flowers in spikes of 3 to 10. Individual flowers are up to 6mm in length. Heath Milkwort usually has a deeper blue flower than the similar-looking Common Milkwort. Sometimes the flowers are white or mauve.
Fruit:
A slightly winged, flat, heart-shaped capsule.
Leaves:
A perennial flower similar to Common Milkwort but the leaves near the ground appear in opposite pairs. This is the distinguishing feature of Heath Milkwort as Common Milkwort has alternate leaves. The problem comes in that the opposite leaves are usually the lower leaves which are buried deep down in the grasses and other vegetation. The uppermost leaves usually run alternate along the stems. The leaves are more crowded towards the base than Common Milkwort.
Maximum Size:
25cm tall.
Other Names:
Thyme-leaved Milkwort.
Habitats:
Bogs, grassland, heathland, moorland, sand dunes.