Polygala lutea

Polygala lutea, commonly known as orange- or yellow milkwort, is a plant in the milkwort family (Polygalaceae) native to pine-barren depressions and swamps in coastal areas of the southern and eastern the United States.[2][3] It was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus.[4]


Polygala lutea is an annual or biennial herbaceous plant which has a height between 20 and 50 centimetres (7.9 and 19.7 in).[5][6] Its flowers are orange-yellow and 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) long. Its pedicels are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) long.[6] It flowers between April and October.[5]


  1. ^ "Polygala lutea Yellow Milkwort". NatureServe Explorer. NatureServe. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Plants Profile for Polygala lutea (orange milkwort)". plants.usda.gov. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  3. ^ House, Homer D. (1918). "Wild flowers of New York". pt.1. The University of the state of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2020. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Harvard University; Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; Australian National Herbarium. "Polygala lutea". International Plant Names Index. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Polygala lutea". warcapps.usgs.gov. United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Britton, Nathaniel Lord; Brown, Addison (1913). "An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British possessions, from Newfoundland to the parallel of the southern boundary of Virginia, and from the Atlantic Ocean westward to the 102d meridian". 2. C. Scribner. Retrieved July 18, 2020. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)