(Gulf Phlox - Ozark Phlox - Downy Phlox)
Phlox pilosa, ssp. detonsa, ozarkana
Polemoniaceae (Phlox) Family
Prairie Phlox is also known as Downy Phlox and White Phlox.
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is prairies, thin pine woods and at roadside. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; consisting of one whole part; no leaf stalk (sessile); narrowly lance-like and bears no teeth and no lobes.
Flowers are in a panicle-like cluster; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form; five sepals. The corolla is funnel shaped; 5-lobed; purple, lavender, pink or rarely white; 5 stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a capsule.
Quite often folks look at plants that have different color flowers and assume they are an entirely different species; most times that is the case. However, occasionally the Latin and scientific description applies to both, which is the case with this phlox.