Polygala nana

dwarf milkwort, candy root, candyroot, bachelor's buttons, bachelor's button
Family

Polygalaceae

Leaf Arrangement

basal (rosulate)

Leaf Type

simple

Leaf Shape

elliptic, obovate, spatulate

Growth Form

forb

Flower Color

yellow

Flower Month

March - October

Height (meters)

0.0 - 0.2

Milky Sap

No

Armed/Unarmed

Unarmed

Origin

native

Lifespan

annual, biennial

Growing Season

Cool season


Wetland Class

FACW

Prairie Coefficient of Conservatism

6

Field Characters

Identification tip: Polygala nana is sometimes confused with the more eastern P. lutea. Polygala nana may be distinguished by the cusp of its largest sepals that are less than 1 mm long and the sepals which are orange rather than yellow.

Natural History

Found on seepage slopes, and in savannas, prairie, and low open pinelands of Louisiana and southeastern Texas.

Habitat

Open wet sand, on seepage slopes, savannahs, wet meadows, and wet pinelands.