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Phlox adsurgens (Northern phlox)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Phlox adsurgens

Phlox adsurgens Torr. ex A. Gray

Northern Phlox, Periwinkle Phlox, Woodland Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


USDA Symbol: PHAD2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The slender stems of this small phlox may rise to 12 in., but have a tendency to lean over. The paired, opposite leaves are round to narrowly oval. Flowers vary from pale to bright pink and occur in open clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: N. CA & w. OR
Native Habitat: Open, wooded slopes from 1500-6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Rich soils.


Description: Sow stratified seed or make division.
Seed Treatment: Stratify.
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Phlox adsurgens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phlox adsurgens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phlox adsurgens


Record Modified: 2023-02-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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