www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Showy Milkwort Polygala violacea

The Showy Milkwort is a native, perennial plant found throughout the southeastern part of the United States.  It is found throughout all of Florida in pinelands, open fields, and along road sides.

This plant has a thin stem that can grow to a height of 16 inches.  The narrow elliptical leaves are about 0.5 to 1.5 inches in length and are arranged alternately.  The tiny pink flowers are arranged in loose spike-type clusters near the top of the stem. The flowers are irregularly shaped with a yellow-tipped corolla nestled between two wing-like pink sepals, each about 0.25 inch long.  They bloom from spring through fall.

This species was recently named grandiflora and was recently changed to violacea.  There are a little over 20 species of milkwort found in Florida, most of which have irregular-shaped flowers arranged in short clusters.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for the Showy Milkwort are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).