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Chalk Milkwort

Polygala calcarea

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Polygalaceae (Milkwort)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland.

Flower:
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Blue, 3 petals
 
The inflorescence is a short flower spike. It contains bright blue, tubular to bell-shaped flowers, each 6 to 8mm in size. Pale blue, white or pink flowers are occasional. White anthers.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule. Fruits are broader than the inner sepals.
Leaves:
A mat-forming evergreen perennial flower with leathery, oval, alternate leaves. Found on chalk and limestone turf.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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