Fringed Polygala or Gaywings - Polygala paucifolia

Photo Credit - Karen Major

The Fringed Polygala or Gaywings grows 8 - 15 cm tall in dry to moist, sandy to clay based pine stands and conifer swamps.  The flower is rose-purple to white with three petals that join into a tube.  It flowers in May/June with 6mm capsules forming in June/July.  This plant spreads from rhizomes.   Credit - Karen Major

Gaywings or Fringed Polygala is not an orchid but a member of the milkwort family. This May flower looks a lot like a violet. Four leaves are arranged around the base of the flowers and the two flowers are carried on an almost leafless stem.

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