moss phlox, moss-pink
Etymology: Phlox: from the Greek phlox, "flame," ancient name of Lychnis of the Caryophyllaceae
Plants: erect, perennial, 2"-8" tall forb, with many branches
Leaves: many, crowded, mostly opposite, not divided; main leaves less than 1/2" long, sharp pointed
Flowers: rose-pink to white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, funnel-shaped, lobe tip notched up to 1/4 its length; inflorescence a few-flowered, branched cluster (cyme); blooms May
Habitat: ledges; in sandy, gravelly soil
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
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.