Whorled Milkwort

Whorled_Milkwort_jpgThis family (Polygalaceae) commonly known as the Milkwort family consists of 18 genera and 950 species of herbs, shrubs, lianas and trees. The Greek name polugalon (from polus, “much” and gala, “milk) was applied by Dioscorides to a plant, “harsh to the taste and this also being drunk is thought to cause more milk”. It Milkwort family was thought to “engendreth plenty of milk; therefore it is good to be used of nurses that lack milk”. Whorled Milkwort is bitter tasting. Preparations of this plant have been used for treating respiratory illnesses.

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ScientificName:

Polygala verticillata

Community:

Thicket

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Annual

PlantHeight:

4 to 16 inches

FruitingTime:

Distribution:

Statewide in NJ

FloweringTime:

June to Mid-October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Erect divergently branched ~ Leaves linear or linear-oblong