West Highland Flora

Heath Milkwort


Polygala serpyllifolia

 

Polygala serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye

Common in wet heathery ground, often with sphagnum.

Flowers c 5.5 mm long

ID: Flowers very similar to Common Milkwort, but normally not more than 8 per stem, though in some populations there are up to 17.  The lower leaves are opposite each other and become very crowded towards the base.  (Plant may have some stems on which no opposite leaves can be found).  Habitat is a good guide as this plant likes wet acid ground and Common M likes dry neutral to calcareous ground.

Other features: Flowers normally dark blue but can often be found pink, white or pale blue, or bicoloured as in pic on left.

 

Polygala serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye

  Polygala serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye
 

Polygala serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
24 May 2003 Portree, Skye
 

Pale blue form
 

 

Polygala serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye
 

White form.  Note the lowest visible pair of leaves are opposite.
 

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