Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1063

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in dry to mesic woodlands & forests, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Pink/Lavender (rarely white)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed salverform corolla
5 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Phlox pilosa   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phlox pilosa +   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 159-01-006:
Phlox pilosa   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Phlox


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image of Phlox pilosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_phlox_pilosa_2

May        

Taller than P. amoena (to 2'), and with a loosely branched inflorescence, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phlox pilosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_phlox_pilosa_2b

May        

Anthers remain inside the flower tube and are not visible upon flowering, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Phlox pilosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_phlox_pilosa_2c

May        

Can be confused with P. amoena, but that lacks hairs on the corolla, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Phlox pilosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_phlox_pilosa_2d

May        

Calyx lobes subulate [awn-shaped], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.