Chalk Milkwort - Polygala calcarea

Description

The small blue flowers are similar to those of other members of the Milkwort family, but in this species the basal rosette leaves are larger than those growing above.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification.

Habitat

Found in well grazed chalk and limestone grassland, usually on warm south facing slopes.

When to see it

In flower during May, June and July.

Life History

Perennial herb.

UK Status

Quite an infrequent and local plant in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare and very local in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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