Feb. 17, 2017

orange milkwort, Polygala lutea

It seems I'm always on the lookout for orange flowers. There just aren't that many of them. These little gems grow in patches in open sandy ground. This time they were along a roadside, easily spotted from a speeding van. They even had a nice wide shoulder to pull off on. This image is the stage when they are most attractive. As the season goes on, new flowers continually appear at the top of the spike, eventually making them kind of leggy, with spent flowers beneath. This flower head would have been about an inch high. They grow in AL, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY(E), PA(X), SC, and VA. Flagler Co FL, 1/28/13