Other common names:
Bird-on-the-Wing, Flowering Wintergreen, Fringed Milkwort, Gay Wings, Gaywings|
Other scientific names:
Milkwort Family (Polygalaceae)
Low plant, resembles Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens). Small orchid-like blue-purple flowers. Forests.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) - Leaves are very similar but smell like wintergreen.
Spring, Summer; White, Blue/Violet; Irregular flowers; Spring - early summer. Orchid-like. Blue-purple, rarely white.
Alternate, crowded near the top of the short stem.
7-12 cm (3-5 in)
Forests; Dry to moist forests.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 40
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 214, 244
ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 336
Common. White-flowered forms are rare.
Be careful not to mistake this for Wintergreen, as its leaves are edible and those of Fringed Polygala are most likely not.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: paucifolia: few-leaved
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