Polemoniaceae (Phlox) Family
Drummond Phlox is also known as Annual Phlox
Plant is an upright, much branched, sticky-glandular, perennial. Preferred habitat is meadows, at roadside and the margins of fields and pastures. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are long, oval shape or lance-like, alternate (most phlox leaves are opposite). Flowers are red or sometimes white to dark pink; corolla is trumpet shaped with five spreading lobes; five stamens that appear in tight clusters at the end of the stem. Flowers occur in early spring.
Fruit is a capsule.
This southern flower of roadsides and fields escaped cultivation. The species is named for Thomas Drummond, who sent seeds from Texas to England in 1835. They did not fare well in Europe except in protected environments.