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Phlox


Scientific Name     

Phlox bifida  Beck

Family Name

Polemoniaceae (Phlox family) 

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habitat

leaves

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form

flower

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rocky and dry open woods, slopes, ravines, rocky outcroppings

Plant Height:  

1-3 dm erect or ascending flowering branches

Flower Color:  

purple to blue violet

Flower:  

5 petals, deeply notched at apex, glabrous, typically darker spots of color at base; 5 adnate stamens; superior ovary; 3 stigmas 

Inflorescence:  

single terminal and axillary flower 

Fruit:  

3-valved capsule

Leaves:  

opposite, linear, entire, sessile, acute, initially pubescent but becoming glabrous 

Bloom Time:  

March-May 

Origins:  

native

Other:  

also cultivated; resembles P. subulata (moss-pink) which is also cultivated so corolla color can vary on both; P. bifida petals typically more deeply notched, leaves typically longer and not as crowded as P. subulata