Polygala rugelii , Yellow Milkwort

Polygala rugelii

Yellow Milkwort
Family: Polygalaceae
Origin: Florida
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowers

It is a perennial, small shrub growing 2-5 ft tall and forms clusters or mats of stems. It is found on dry scrub and open sandhills. It is also known as “Yellow Milkwort”, due to the yellow and orange flowers that bloom in the late winter and early spring. It is a low-maintenance plant and can be grown in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. This species should be watered moderately and these plants need little care once established.

Polygala rugelii is well-suited for growing in USDA Zone 9-11. Gardeners in colder climates can grow this plant in pots and bring it indoors for the winter. When planting in a pot, use a soil mixture of sand, loam and organic material. Place the pot in a location that gets full sun and a moderate amount of water. During winter, reduce the amount of water the plant receives and keep the soil moist but not soggy. In colder temperatures, the plant needs to be kept in a location that is frost-free and protected from extreme cold to prevent damage to the foliage. If needed, you can use a mulch layer to insulate the roots and retain moisture.

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