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Phlox pilosa ssp. pilosa

Phlox pilosa L. ssp. pilosa

Downy Phlox, Prairie Phlox, Fragrant Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Phlox argillacea, Phlox pilosa var. virens, Phlox villosissima


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Flower: Flower 1 inch.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Pink or purple, sometimes white, occasionally lavender.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Shaded woods, Woodlands' edge, Opening, Open woodlands, Hillsides, Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Clay Clay Loam Medium Loam Sandy Loam, Sandy, Limestone-based.


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Perennial garden, Shortgrass meadow, Rock gardens, Rocky hillside
Use Wildlife: Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Bibref 766 - Dale Groom's Texas Gardening Guide (2002) Groom, D.
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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 pilosa ssp. pilosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phlox pilosa ssp. pilosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phlox pilosa ssp. pilosa


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

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