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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Phlox divaricata var. divaricata   FAMILY Polemoniaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phlox divaricata ssp. divaricata   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 159-01-004:
Phlox divaricata   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Phlox divaricata var. divaricata

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Phlox divaricata

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox


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image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm160421_342

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fragrant clusters of lavender-blue flowers, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm160421_343

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sepals acuminate to very slightly awned, the awn 0-0.5mm long; corolla tube glabrous, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm160421_345

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaves in widely spaced pairs, ovate-lanceolate to oblong, 1.2-2", per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm170414_626

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm170414_627

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm170414_628

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

P. divaricata's flowers are light blue-violet, not pinkish-purplish like other Phlox species, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm170414_629

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_phlox_divaricata

April        

Stamens shorter than corolla tube (thus included); corolla lobes notched at the apex, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Phlox divaricata var. divaricata, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Blue Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_phlox_divaricata_3

April        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Phlox divaricata var. divaricata   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phlox divaricata ssp. divaricata   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 159-01-004:
Phlox divaricata   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Phlox divaricata var. divaricata

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Phlox divaricata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1057

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in NC-SC

Habitat: Moist deciduous forests in circumneutral soils, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bluish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed salverform corolla
5 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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