West Highland Flora

Common Milkwort


Polygala vulgaris

 

Polygala vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
30 May 2003 Glenhinnisdale, Skye
Open flower on left 7.5 mm long excl stalk

Occasional on bare roadside banks, gravelly verges and rock outcrops.

Flowers c 6-8 mm long

ID: Flowers very similar to Heath Milkwort but the leaves are not opposite even at the base of the stem, and the number of flowers on a stem is normally well over 8.

Other features: As with Heath Milkwort the flowers come in a variety of colours, though dark blue is by far the commonest.

 

aPolygala vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye
Plant 7 cm long, along actual angle of growth
 

All leaves clearly alternate here
 

 

Polygala vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
30 May 2003 Glenhinnisdale, Skye
Whole arrangement 27 cm across at widest
 

Typical habit of plant

 

Polygala vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
30 May 2003 Glenhinnisdale, Skye

  Polygala vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye
Lower central flower 8 mm across at widest
 

Leaves   Flowers from above


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