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Phlox caespitosa (Tufted phlox)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Phlox caespitosa

Phlox caespitosa Nutt.

Tufted Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , 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.

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1989 VOL. 6, NO.4 - Spring Climbs Rockies Slowly, Colorado Cooler, Conference of Wildflower and Nati...

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-08-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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