Galactia elliottii

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White Milkpea

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1 ft tall by can sprawl across many ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:This sprawling vine has the potential to be used as a groundcover. It also could be trained on the lower parts of fences.
Availability:Friends, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts bees including Halictus ligatus, Nolnia maneei, Megachile exilis parexilis, M. georgica, M. rnendica and M. petzclans (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Dry, sandy ruderal sites, dry flatwoods, sandhill, relatively open xeric to dry mesic hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Rarely planted and hence likely to be difficult to acquire.