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Seneca Snakeroot
Polygala senega

Family: Milkwort Family (Polygalaceae)

Group: Snakeroots

Distinctive features: Small plants, spike of small white-greenish flowers. Open dry woods.

Flowers: Summer;  White;  Irregular flowers;  White-greenish, in a spike. Small (about 1/8" long). Late spring and early summer.

Leaves: Prominent central vein. Leaves become smaller towards the base of the plant. Single, simple leaves.

Height: Up to 50 cm (19 in)

Habitat: Forests;  Dry open woods. Often along the sidesof trails.

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 46    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 62    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 336   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Not rare, not common.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: senega: of the Senecas

Photographs: 82 photographs available, of which 5 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Seneca Snakeroot (Polygala senega)

A patch of Seneca Snakeroot. You will usually find these plants growing together in a patch like this.

Seneca Snakeroot (Polygala senega)

A individual plant.

Seneca Snakeroot (Polygala senega)

Flowers. They are small, and white. They appear to not be open.

Seneca Snakeroot (Polygala senega)

Flower buds.

Seneca Snakeroot (Polygala senega)

The leaves. Note the pronounced central vein.

Range map for Seneca Snakeroot (Polygala senega)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)