Polygala sanguinea rose milkwort Polygalaceae POSA; R;

Polygala sanguinea.Eleanor Saulys.www.ct-botanical-society.org

Polygala sanguinea. © 2002.Eleanor Saulys.www.ct-botanical-society.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Polygala sanguinea is an annual herb to 40 cm tall, stem erect. 

Leaves alternate, linear to narrowly elliptic to 4 cm wide 0.1 cm wide. 

Flowers rose-purple, white or greenish, irregular, to 0.5 cm, in dense rounded or cylindrical heads to 2 cm long on a stalk to 2 cm long; blooming July-Sept.

Fruit a capsule seeds with fleshy appendage (aril) possibly ant dispersed (see Claytonia).

Wetland status: FACU.

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.

Origin: Native.

Habitat: Meadows, open woods.