Pink Phlox

Martha Medford

Upper Golden Grove, Canada

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TOP TEN in Pretty in Pink in the group Wildflowers of North America

Featured in Wildflowers of North America

WINNER 5 Petal Challenge in Wildflowers of North America

Phlox pilosa (Prairie Phlox)
Plant Info Also known as: Downy Phlox
Genus: Phlox
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Life cycle: perennial
Origin: native
Habitat: part shade, sun; dry; prairies, open woods
Bloom season: May – August
Plant height: 6 to 24 inches

Detailed Information
Flower: Flower shape: 5-petals Flower shape: tubular Cluster type: round

Flowers are (usually) tightly packed in a round cluster to 3 inches across at the top of the plant. Individual flowers are pink to purple (rarely white), ½ to ¾ inch across, tubular with 5 spreading lobes and 5 yellow-tipped stamens hiding inside the tube. There is often a darker pink spot at the base of each lobe. The bracts surrounding the tube are purple-tinged, hairy and very narrow, spreading out with age. A plant may have more than 1 cluster, branching near the top of the plant.

Leaves and stem: Leaf attachment: opposite Leaf type: simple
Leaves are very narrow, to 3 inches long, 1/8 to ½ inch wide, toothless, rounded at the base and tapering to a long point at the tip, with no leaf stem. The texture is slightly rough from short hairs. Leaves are widely spaced on the stem and oppositely attached. The main stem is densely covered in white hairs.

Upper Golden Grove, New Brunswick, Canada.

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