Identification Helps: A small (5 - 15 inches) but showy purple flower, in a cluster, as shown in photo.
Similar Species:There are several other milkworts, but this is the most common and widespread. Consult a technical manual to identify the others.
Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild:Prefers dry to moist sand.
Seasons of Growth and Bloom:Blooms from July through October, is one of the few annuals found on prairies.
Natural Distribution in Ohio: Field Milkwort is found throughout Ohio, not just on prairies.
Description and General Information: Polygala sanguineais well-suited to dry prairie conditions and persists down beneath the typically higher prairie vegetation. Look for this plant low to the ground and interspersed with other higher vegetation.