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Phlox longifolia (Longleaf phlox)
Reveal, James L.

Phlox longifolia

Phlox longifolia Nutt.

Longleaf Phlox, Long-leaf Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


USDA Symbol: PHLO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A somewhat woody perennial with a dwarf, compactly branched habit. The plant is usually no taller than 1 ft. and is densely leafy. Oppositely arranged leaves are smooth and linear, up to 3 in. long. Pink or white to pale lilac, sweetly scented flowers occur in loose clusters.

Phloxes are beautiful and popular wildflowers found in nearly all western habitats. The most spectacular have densely clumped stems which, when in bloom, are completely hidden under a hemisphere of pink, white, or pale lilac.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall, often shorter.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: S. B.C. to MT, s., e. of the Cascades, to s. CA & NM
Native Habitat: Dry slopes; open, rocky areas; dry plains

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Rocky soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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