Polygala cruciata cross-leaf milkwort Polygalaceae POCR; R;

  

Polygala cruciata.Renee Brecht.Plants of Southern New Jersey. www.cumauriceriver.org

Polygala cruciata.Renee Brecht.Plants of Southern New Jersey. www.cumauriceriver.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Polygala cruciata is an annual herb to 30 cm tall, branches few or none. 

Leaves in whorls or 3-4, linear, to 4 cm long, 0.5 cm wide, often widest above middle, tip blunt.

Flowers purplish, irregular, to 0.6 cm in a dense spike-like, cylindrical cluster to 6 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, at top of plant; blooming July-Sept.

Wetland status: FACW+.

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.

Origin: Native.

Habitat: A pine-barrens bog plant.