Phlox species

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Scientific Name Phlox andicola USDA PLANTS Symbol PHAN4
Common Name Plains Phlox ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 30912
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains (3500 to 5500 ft); sandy soils and heavy alkaline clays in a wide range of habitats on the plains.
Plant: Low-growing somewhat tufted or mat-forming perennial 1-5/8 to 4 inches tall with stems arising from creeping rhizomes; herbage has very small hairs and a somwhat cobwebby appearance.
Leaves: Pairs of opposite, linear leaves coming to a sharp point; sparsely hairy blades 3/8 to 1-inch long with prominent midveins and whitish bases.
Inflorescence: Solitary or clusters of up to 5 white flowers at the stem tips; each flower with a tubular corolla with 5 typical phlox petals; calyx has 5 lobes with tangled long hairs.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Plants and Animals of Northeast Colorado and Montana Field Guide.
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Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Phlox condensata USDA PLANTS Symbol PHCO11
Common Name Alpine Phlox, Dwarf Phlox ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504314
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine (11000 to 14000 ft); tundra, gravelly slopes, rocky areas.
Plant: Mat-forming perennial with multiple, short stems about 1 inch tall.
Leaves: Lanceolate about 3/16-inch long with short coarse hairs.
Inflorescence: Small, single flowers about 1/4-inch across, 5 broad white, pale pink or bluish petals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Phlox multiflora USDA PLANTS Symbol PHMU3
Common Name Rocky Mountain Phlox, Many-flowered Phlox ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 30964
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 10500); open areas in sagebrush meadows, shrublands and woodlands.
Plant: Loosely mat-forming perennial, stems prostrate to ascending, multiple stems from taproot 1 to 5 inches tall.
Leaves: Linear, lanceolate-linear 1/2 to 1-1/4 inch long, smooth edges.
Inflorescence: One to three flowers per stem, 1/2 to about 1 inch across with 5 broad white petals.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: Montana Field Guide, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native



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