24″ evergreen shrub, foliage similar to rosemary. Clusters of small white flowers in October. Requires full sun, well drained soil. Found around Columbia, SC along I-20 and I-77 on the sand ridges.
This is a very interesting native plant called ‘October flower’ – Polygonella polygama that is mostly restricted to the sandhills from Virginia to Florida. They are related to buckwheat, distantly, both in the family Polygonaceae. Sometimes I like to call them ‘sand buckwheat’ because that sounds nicer than their general common name ‘jointweed’. Nice picture!
Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS