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Phlox nivalis

Trailing Phlox, Pine Phlox

Scientific Name:

Phlox nivalis

Genus:

Phlox

Species Epithet:

nivalis

Common Name:

Trailing Phlox, Pine Phlox

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polemoniaceae (Jacob's-Ladder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rock outcrops, thin soils of rocky woodlands, roadbanks, sandhills. Frequent to common in most of the NC Piedmont, at least more numerous in the southern and southeastern portions; common in the Sandhills, and fairly common to locally common in the southwestern Coastal Plain (not present in remaining Coastal Plains). Rare to uncommon in the southern mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure, S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Most references list several sub-taxa. Weakley (2018) lists two subspecies, which are really varieties as the ranges overlap -- ssp. hentzii, found more in the Piedmont, and ssp. nivalis, of the Coastal Plain and much of the Piedmont and mountains.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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