E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Phlox speciosa Pursh
Showy Phlox
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Phlox speciosa ssp. occidentalis

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a woody taproot, becoming shrubby towards the base; stems erect, glandular or glandular-hairy above, hairy below, 15-40 cm tall.
Opposite, linear to lanceolate, to 7 cm long and 1 cm wide, the internodes well developed.
Inflorescence of loose, leafy-bracted, terminal clusters of stalked flowers; corollas pink to white, the tube 1-1.5 cm long, spreading to five wide lobes 1-1.5 cm long and notched at the tip; calyces glandular, the transparent segments between the 5 green ribs flat; styles 0.5-2 mm long.
Capsules, 3-chambered, few-seeded.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and open forests in the steppe and lower montane zones; rare in SC BC, known recently only from Yellow Lake and Twin Lakes; S to ID, MT and N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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