Etymology: Phlox: from the Greek phlox, "flame," ancient name of Lychnis of the Caryophyllaceae
Plants: matting perennial, 4"-12" tall forb
Leaves: mostly opposite, not divided; the main leaves 1/2"-1 1/2" long, stiff, sharp pointed
Flowers: pale violet to white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, funnel-shaped, lobe tip notched 1/4-1/2 its length, tube narrow; inflorescence a branched cluster (cyme); blooms April-May
Habitat: dry; cliffs; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.