Phlox L.


Classical name used by Theophrastus for Lychnis.

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves opposite, the upper leaves sometimes alternate. Flowers solitary or in terminal, sometimes branched, clusters. Sepals of 5 lobes. Corolla platter-like, 5-lobed. Stamens 5, of unequal length and attachment on tube. Fruit a 3-valved capsule, rupturing the calyx at maturity.

The annual P. drummondii and the border perennial P. paniculata are popular for floral displays.

Annuals by seed, perennials by division.

Stamens attached at unequal levels on the flower tube; fruit capsule bursting the calyx at maturity.

About 69 species from N America and NE Asia.

Wherry (1955).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Polemoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Cultivars of uncertain origin

Phlox 'Chatahoochee'

Is probably the hybrid, P. divaricata subsp. laphamii × P. pilosa.

P. 'Chanel' is also listed.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Polemoniaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Phlox douglasii Hook.
species         Phlox drummondii Hook.
species         Phlox paniculata L.
species         Phlox subulata L.