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Phlox pilosa ssp. pilosa

Downy Phlox, Deam’s Phlox

Scientific Name:

Phlox pilosa ssp. pilosa

Genus:

Phlox

Species Epithet:

pilosa

Common Name:

Downy Phlox, Deam’s Phlox

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polemoniaceae (Jacob's-Ladder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to mesic woodlands and forests, roadbanks (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Flowers

Uncommon on the coast and in the piedmont, Downy Phlox can be used as an adaptable, early-blooming garden plant. It comes easily from seed.

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Paynter, Wilmington, April, 2012

Stem and leaves

The long, soft hairs give Downy Phlox its common and species names.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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