Search

[?]

Common Milkwort

Polygala vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Polygalaceae (Milkwort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers in spikes, very variable in colour but normally deep blue, up to 7mm. Can be white, mauve or pink.
Fruit:
A flat, heart-shaped, 2-parted capsule.
Leaves:
Elongated, hairy leaves with entire margins. The leaves of Common Milkwort are alternate. The similar-looking Heath Milkwort has got opposite leaves along the stem.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be used as a tea substitute.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Cross Flower, Gand Flower, Gay Wings, Gong Flower, Procession Flower, Rogation Flower.
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, meadows, sand dunes, woodland.