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Florida Milkpea

Common name: Florida Milkpea Latin Name: Galactia floridana Family: Fabaceae Habit: An herbaceous vine that can reach 3 feet in length.  It tends to stay prostrate and trailing, but will climb if given a support. Leaves: Alternate, with three leaflets.  The leaflets are oblong to elliptic in shape.  Flowers: Small lavender flowers appear throughout the year. Distribution: Pinelands and sandhills.  Landscape: In the home landscape it grows in part-shade with average to dry soil moisture.  It is a diminuitive little vine that can easily get lost in a garden setting. Wildlife use: Small butterflies and bees use the flowers as a nectar source.   Songbirds and small mammals eat the flowers, beans, and dried seeds. It is a larval food for the Ceraunus blue butterfly.
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Florida Milkpea

Common name: Florida Milkpea Latin Name: Galactia floridana Family: Fabaceae Habit: An herbaceous vine that can reach 3 feet in length.  It tends to stay prostrate and trailing, but will climb if given a support. Leaves: Alternate, with three leaflets.  The leaflets are oblong to elliptic in shape.  Flowers: Small lavender flowers appear throughout the year. Distribution: Pinelands and sandhills.  Landscape: In the home landscape it grows in part-shade with average to dry soil moisture.  It is a diminuitive little vine that can easily get lost in a garden setting. Wildlife use: Small butterflies and bees use the flowers as a nectar source.   Songbirds and small mammals eat the flowers, beans, and dried seeds. It is a larval food for the Ceraunus blue butterfly.
Copyright of Sharon’s Florida Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Sharon LaPlante
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