Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
- Family: Phlox (Polemoniaceae)
- Flowering: July-October.
- Field Marks: This phlox has large terminal panicles of pink flowers, and leaves of at least 1/2 inch broad with conspicuous veins.
- Habitat: Low woods, along streams.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Erect, branched or unbranched, usually smooth, up to 5 feet tall.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, toothless, lanceolate to ovate, pointed at the tip, rounded or tapering to the base, usually hairy on the lower surface, up to 5 inches long and up to 2 1/4 inches broad.
- Flowers: Several, in a compact terminal panicle, each flower pink, up to 1 inch across.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, smooth or hairy.
- Petals: 5, pink, united below to form a narrow tube; the lobes up to 1/2 inch long, the tube up to 1 inch long, usually hairy.
- Stamens: 5, protruding beyond the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; styles 3.
- Fruits: Capsules spherical, smooth.
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