Shrubby Milkwort

Polygala chamaebuxus

preview hoep 00021 polygala chamaebuxus buchsblaettrige kreuzblumeA typical plant of dry grass land and sunny borders of forests on sandy-gravelly soils is a small plant, which is hardly to be overlooked during its blossoming in the spring and early summer: the Shrubby Milkwort. This evergreen ground cover plant has blossoms which are at least two-colored, often even three-colored: white, yellow and pink-orange to reddish brown.

This plant will be spread like many other small flowering plants by ants. Although they are only interested in the fatty appendages (elaiosome) of the seeds, ants carry the seeds also to new locations again and again.