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Phlox caespitosa Nutt.
Synonym(s): Phlox caespitosa ssp. eucaespitosa, Phlox douglasii, Phlox douglasii ssp. eudouglasii
USDA Symbol: PHCA7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A low, tufted, slightly woody plant with prickly, needle-like leaves and pale purple, pink, or white flowers.
Tufted Phlox resembles the smaller Granite Gilia (Linanthus pungens), which has leaves divided into needle-like segments. Cushion Phlox (P. pulvinata), found from eastern Oregon to southwestern Montana, in the Sierra Nevada, and throughout the Rocky Mountain region south to New Mexico, has been mistakenly called P. caespitosa; unlike Tufted Phlox, it forms tight mats, and its stems are not at all woody.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WY Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Southern British Columbia south to central Washington, northeastern Oregon, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana. Native Habitat:
Dry open pinewoods, sometimes in sagebrush.
Record Last Modified: 2012-08-11
Research By: TWC Staff