|Also known as:||Downy Phlox|
|Habitat:||part shade, sun; dry; prairies, open woods|
|Bloom season:||May - August|
|Plant height:||6 to 24 inches|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
Pick an image for a larger view. Most image enlargements are 50-100KB, though some may be larger. See the glossary for icon descriptions.
Flowers are (usually) tightly packed in a round cluster to 3 inches across at the top of the plant. Individual flowers are pink to purple (rarely white), ½ to ¾ inch across, tubular with 5 spreading lobes and 5 yellow-tipped stamens hiding inside the tube. There is often a darker pink spot at the base of each lobe. The bracts surrounding the tube are purple-tinged, hairy and very narrow, spreading out with age. A plant may have more than 1 cluster, branching near the top of the plant.
Leaves are very narrow, to 3 inches long, 1/8 to ½ inch wide, toothless, rounded at the base and tapering to a long point at the tip, with no leaf stem. The texture is slighly rough from short hairs. Leaves are widely spaced on the stem and oppositely attached. The main stem is densely covered in white hairs.
Help support this site by buying seeds & plants from these vendors. Tell them we sent you!
Photos taken at Wild River State Park, Center City, MN June 2007 and 2009
Have you seen this plant in Minnesota, or have any other comments about it?