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Phlox drummondii ssp. mcallisteri (Mcallister's phlox)
Yarbrough, Kim

Phlox drummondii ssp. mcallisteri

Phlox drummondii Hook. ssp. mcallisteri (Whitehouse) Wherry

Mcallister's Phlox, Drummond Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Phlox drummondii ssp. mcallisterii, Phlox drummondii var. mcallisteri, Phlox drummondii var. mcallisterii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The species name of this plant is named for Thomas Drummond, (ca. 1790-1835), naturalist, born in Scotland, around 1790. In 1830 he made a trip to America to collect specimens from the western and southern United States. In March, 1833, he arrived at Velasco, Texas to begin his collecting work in that area. He spent twenty-one months working the area between Galveston Island and the Edwards Plateau, especially along the Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe rivers. His collections were the first made in Texas that were extensively distributed among the museums and scientific institutions of the world. He collected 750 species of plants and 150 specimens of birds. Drummond had hoped to make a complete botanical survey of Texas, but he died in Havana, Cuba, in 1835, while making a collecting tour of that island.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Usually with a whitish eye in the center set off by a slender rayed star slightly darker than the color of the petal.


Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Woodlands' edge, Opening, Open woodlands


Use Ornamental: Color, Blooms ornamental, Easily grown
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds
Maintenance: Prevent complete soil dryness


Bibref 766 - Dale Groom's Texas Gardening Guide (2002) Groom, D.
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Phlox drummondii ssp. mcallisteri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phlox drummondii ssp. mcallisteri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phlox drummondii ssp. mcallisteri


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

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