Phlox pilosa L.
Family: Polemoniaceae
downy phlox, prairie phlox
Phlox pilosa image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Phlox: from the Greek phlox, "flame," ancient name of Lychnis of the Caryophyllaceae
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-24" tall forb
Leaves: mostly opposite, not divided, abruptly sharp-pointed, mostly linear to lance-like, 1"-3" long
Flowers: pink to pale purple, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, tubes usually more or less hairy, lobes not notched; inflorescence of loosely-branched cluster (cyme) of stalked flowers; blooms April-June
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods, inland sands
Conservation Status: Native