Belongs to: flowering plants

Common milkwort Polygala vulgaris

Best time to see: mid May to mid Sep

Key facts

A grassland plant with (usually) spikes of blue - actually the sepals rather than the flowers - on spreading stems

Flowers come in a variety of colours: dark blue is most common, but can also be mauve, pink or white

Grows up to 10 cm high, with alternating pointed leaves

© Tony Gunton

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