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Eastern Milkpea

Common name: Eastern Milkpea Latin Name: Galactia volubilis Family: Fabaceae Habit: A delicate, herbaceous, vine that grows to 3-4 feet in length.  It sends its tender branches up nearby vegetation if not given a support to climb on. Leaves: Alternate, with three entire leaflets.  The leaflets are oblong, elliptic, or ovate. Flowers: Small lavender-rose colored flowers appear in the summer and fall. Distribution: Sandhills and open hammocks.  Landscape: In the home landscape it grows in part-shade with average moisture.  It can be planted at the base of a shrub and allowed to climb into it.  It is a delicate vine and will not harm the plant that supports it.  However it reseeds readily so it would not be desirable in a formal garden bed. Wildlife use: Small butterflies and bees use the flowers as a nectar source.  Songbirds and small mammals eat the flowers, beans, and dried seeds. Galactia species are larval foods for the Ceraunus blue butterfly. It grows in zones 7 to 11. It is native to the following states: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV.
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Eastern Milkpea

Common name: Eastern Milkpea Latin Name: Galactia volubilis Family: Fabaceae Habit: A delicate, herbaceous, vine that grows to 3-4 feet in length.  It sends its tender branches up nearby vegetation if not given a support to climb on. Leaves: Alternate, with three entire leaflets.  The leaflets are oblong, elliptic, or ovate. Flowers: Small lavender-rose colored flowers appear in the summer and fall. Distribution: Sandhills and open hammocks.  Landscape: In the home landscape it grows in part-shade with average moisture.  It can be planted at the base of a shrub and allowed to climb into it.  It is a delicate vine and will not harm the plant that supports it.  However it reseeds readily so it would not be desirable in a formal garden bed. Wildlife use: Small butterflies and bees use the flowers as a nectar source.  Songbirds and small mammals eat the flowers, beans, and dried seeds. Galactia species are larval foods for the Ceraunus blue butterfly. It grows in zones 7 to 11. It is native to the following states: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV.
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Copyright of Sharon’s Florida Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Sharon LaPlante
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