White Milkwort

White Milkwort-00


Milkwort Family : Polygalaceae

Latin Name : Polygala alba
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – poor

Remarks :

No other common names. Flowers March to October. Adapted to sandy, chalky or clayey soils in mesquite plains, cedar thickets, arroyos, on rocky hills, rimrock, and breaks. The Greek word poly meaning “much” and gala meaning “milk” refers to this plant taken in drink, would increase the milk production in nursing women. The dried, powdered root is sold in pharmacies as “senega” or “senegin” and is used for various respiratory ailments. Of little value to wildlife and livestock.