2014 Wildflowers and Wild Plants
Sweden, Maine

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May 17
Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia) about to bust out!
May 18
This is one of the first wildflowers we saw after buying this property in 1994. I had never seen one before and thought we must have a real rarity. Of course, we now know that this is a ubiquitous plant in our woods. No less pretty, though.

How to pronounce: "Polygala" is pronounced syllabically like "Caligula."

A common name for the Fringed Polygala is "Gaywings."