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Phlox bifida (Cleft phlox)
Smith, R.W.

Phlox bifida

Phlox bifida Beck

Cleft Phlox, Sand Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


USDA Symbol: PHBI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Sand Phlox (Phlox bifida) occurs in sandy habitats in the Midwest and has petals with notches at least 1/8 of an inch (3 mm) deep.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Bluish violet to white.


USA: AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MI , MO , TN , WI

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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