(Plains Phlox)

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Phlox albicola, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7815

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Phlox albicola, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7809

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Phlox albicola, Pawnee Buttes, Weld Co. 7813

Scientific Name Phlox andicola USDA PLANTS Symbol PHAN4
Common Name Plains Phlox ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 30912
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains (3500 to 5500 ft); sandy soils and heavy alkaline clays in a wide range of habitats on the plains.
Plant: Low-growing somewhat tufted or mat-forming perennial 1-5/8 to 4 inches tall with stems arising from creeping rhizomes; herbage has very small hairs and a somwhat cobwebby appearance.
Leaves: Pairs of opposite, linear leaves coming to a sharp point; sparsely hairy blades 3/8 to 1-inch long with prominent midveins and whitish bases.
Inflorescence: Solitary or clusters of up to 5 white flowers at the stem tips; each flower with a tubular corolla with 5 typical phlox petals; calyx has 5 lobes with tangled long hairs.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Plants and Animals of Northeast Colorado and Montana Field Guide.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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