Aug. 16, 2018

field milkwort, Polygala sanguinea

Milkworts are sort of orchid wannabes, hanging out in the same kind of places. Field milkwort is typical, growing in poor soil that's usually basic or acidic, much like an orchid would. One of the tough guys among plants, you won't see them in easy places. But places like that, with thin soil and thin vegetation can be great places to take pictures. It's easy to lay down on the ground and line up a shot with the oak tree shade for a background. And there aren't a lot of other taller plants cluttering up that background. Field milkwort grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Kitty Todd Preserve, Lucas Co OH, 7/14/13.