Etymology: Phlox: from the Greek phlox, "flame," ancient name of Lychnis of the Caryophyllaceae
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 6' tall forb, with many branches
Leaves: mostly opposite, not divided, veiny, oblong, 3"-6" long
Flowers: red-purple to white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, funnel-shaped, lobe tip not notched, tube narrow; inflorescence a branched, often large cluster (cyme); blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: moist; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACU 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. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"