General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3-6 inches
Plant Spread: Spreading
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: N/A
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: White is very rare
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Inflorescence Height: 1 inch
Foliage Mound Height: 3-5 inches
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Endangered: in mid-west states. Check local laws before collecting.
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Common names
  • Fringed Polygala
  • Gaywings
  • Flowering Wintergreen
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Polygaloides paucifolia
  • Synonym: Polygala paucifolia

  • Posted by NHJenDion (Southern NH - Zone 5b) on Jun 9, 2014 6:20 PM concerning plant:
    Polygala blooms mid-late May on my zn 5 property. It appears to spread mostly by shallow, thin, underground runners, occasionally coming to a root "hub," where additional stems are sent to the surface. It has underground self-pollinating flowers/seed pods that appear as heart-shaped white growths, approximately the diameter of a "baby aspirin," periodically along the rootstock when the plant is dug and examined. Ants will harvest seed, so developing aerial seeds must be bagged before they are fully ripe.

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