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Eastern milkpea
Galactia regularis
Fabaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 2-3 inches in height. Mostly creeping along the ground and forming open mats; sometimes weakly twining up other vegetation.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Eastern and southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Pinelands and scrub.
Soils:
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Small brown pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades), silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) and zarucco dusky wing (Erynnis zarucco) butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton