Polygala myrtifolia

Polygala myrtifolia_Luigi Rignanese
Photo: 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

CDFA Rating: None?


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

Weed Management Notes

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Other Polygala myrtifolia Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Polygala myrtifolia (myrtle-leaf milkwort) flowers and leaves. Photo: Juergen Schrenk
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    Polygala myrtifolia (myrtle-leaf milkwort) growth habit. Photo: Juergen Schrenk