|Scientific Name||Phlox pilosa||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PHPI|
|Common Name||Prairie Phlox, Downy Phlox||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||30974|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy or clay soils in meadows, open woodlands and fencerows.
Plant: Erect, slender perennial up up to 24 inches tall; single flowering stem is unbranched except (sometimes) at the flowering head; stem covered with short, hairs, both glandular and non-glandular.
Leaves: Narrow, opposite, linear becoming lanceolate upwards; blades up to 3 inches long and 3/8 wide, sparsely to moderately spread out along the stem; sessile, and mostly hairless.
Inflorescence: A rounded cluster of a few to several pink to purple (or, rarely, white) flowers 1/2 to 3/4-inch across, with a long, slender corolla tube; the 5 widely spreading corolla lobes are obovate or oblanceolate; each blossom on a pedicel up to 3/4-inch long; calyx at the base of the tube is purple-tinged and hairy, with 5 long, erect to spreading, very narrow teeth.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Corell and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilsvsgi, Illinois Wildflowers and Minnesota Wildflowers.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
© Tom Lebsack 2023