downy phlox, prairie phlox
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
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = FAC- Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. 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"