Photographer: Merel R. Black
Phlox pilosa L.
downy phlox, prairie phlox
Phlox: from the Greek phlox, "flame," ancient name of Lychnis of the Caryophyllaceae
pilosa: pilosus for "soft, hairy"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 6"-24" tall forb|
|Flower: ||pink to pale purple, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, tubes usually more or less hairy, lobes not notched; inflorescence of loosely-branched cluster (cyme) of stalked flowers; blooms April-June|
|Leaf:||mostly opposite, not divided, abruptly sharp-pointed, mostly linear to lance-like, 1"-3" long|
|Habitat: ||dry; prairies, woods, inland sands|