Common Name: Florida Milkpea
Latin Name: Galactia floridana
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 diminutive 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 Ceranus blue butterfly.