Polygala myrtifolia

Polygala myrtifolia_Luigi Rignanese
Photo by Luigi Rignanese

Common names: myrtle-leaf milkwort

Polygala myrtifolia (myrtle-leaf milkwort) is a shrub (family Polygalaceae) with pink-purple flowers and narrow leaves found in the central coast ranges of California. It is native to South Africa. It favors grasslands, woodlands, and riparian and bottomland habitat. It spreads only by seeds which travel via water, birds, ants and dumped garden waste.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

None for this species.

Other Polygala myrtifolia Information

  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.