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Phlox pulvinata (Cushion phlox)
Cressler, Alan

Phlox pulvinata

Phlox pulvinata (Wherry) Cronquist

Cushion Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Phlox caespitosa ssp. platyphylla, Phlox caespitosa ssp. pulvinata, Phlox sibirica ssp. pulvinata

USDA Symbol: PHPU5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Phlox pulvinata, found from eastern Oregon to southwestern Montana, in the Sierra Nevada, and throughout the Rocky Mountain region south to New Mexico, forms tight mats, and its stems are not at all woody.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Mat-forming, up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WY

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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