Longleaf Phlox - Smooth Phlox
Phlox longifolia Nuttall
Polemoniaceae (Phlox) Family


Plant is an upright, smooth, perennial. Preferred habitat is foothills, openings, alluvial woods, marshes and swamps. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region. Note that Longleaf Phlox is generally treated as a garden ornamental and is rarely seen as an escape.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; consisting of a whole part; no leaf stalk; strap-like to nearly linear or lance-like; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are panicle-like; bisexual in nature; symmetrical in form; 5 sepals. Corolla is funnel shaped; 5 lobes; pink to lavender; 5 stamens; shiny bright. The calyx has a raised white keel. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

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