Showy phlox is pretty perennial phlox with a shrubby base, with multiple stems which may rise from 15 to 40 cm high. Plants may be found winding up through the foliage of other medium height plants such as sagebrush) or found growing in the open by themselves. The leaves are linear to broadly lanceolate, measuring up to 7 cm long and 1 cm wide. The leaves are opposite on the stems, and are widely spaced.
Habitat is confined to Western North America.
Photo: Donner Summit, Nevada County, California, USA