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Phlox pilosa L.
Downy phlox, Prairie phlox, Fragrant phlox
USDA Symbol: PHPI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A mounded perennial, downy phlox grows 1-2 ft. tall and bears clusters of fragrant, pale pink to lavender flowers. The petals of the showy flowers are joined at their bases into an elongate tube. Stems and narrow, paired leaves are covered with soft hairs.
There are nine subspecies of this phlox, each occupying a different portion of the range.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
1-2 feet. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, WV Native Distribution: CT
s. to FL
& TX Native Habitat:
Dry, open woods; sand hills; prairies; roadsides, Post Oak Woods, pinelands, and thickets in eastern half of Texas, grasslands and rocky slopes on Edwards Plateau.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) Soil Description:
Sandy or rocky, well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
A mounded perennial,
downy phlox bears clusters of fragrant, pale pink to lavender flowers. The petals of the showy flowers are joined at their bases into an elongate tube. Stems and narrow, paired leaves are covered with soft hairs.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Prairie phlox attracts long-tongued bees, butterflies and skippers.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Propagation is possible by stem
cuttings in late spring, root cuttings taken in fall after leaves have reappeared, or by seed. Seed is unpredictable. Seed Collection:
Fruits open abruptly, so save the seed by tying a mesh bag around the developing fruits. Seed Treatment:
Germination is enhanced by cold stratification – one week at 30 degrees. Commercially Avail:
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TXPineywoods Native Plant Center
- Nacogdoches, TXDelaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DENative Plant Society of Texas
- Fredericksburg, TXCrosby Arboretum
- Picayune, MSStengl Biological Research Station
- Smithville, TXNPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TXNative Seed Network
- Corvallis, ORNPSOT - Williamson County Chapter
- Georgetown, TXMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff