Species Guide: Urban Wildflowers


Milkwort, Jukut rindik

Polygala paniculata

An upright plant with very small leaves and flowers. The leaves are very narrow and arranged alternately on the stem. Its flowers are white, bloom in  long clusters and produce black hairy seeds. Its common name, milkwort, is attributed to the belief that cows that eat more of it will produce more milk.

Status: Least concern, Introduced (Tropical America, Caribbean)

Habit: Annual herbaceous

Cultivation: Planted by seeds or transplanting

Ecological Function: Unknown

Pollinators:  Possibly large bees and small flies

Soil: Clay, loam

Moisture: Moist, well-drained soil, does not tolerate dry areas

Shade: No shade