( Carolina Phlox - Thick Leaf Phlox )
Phlox carolina var. paniculata
Polemoniaceae (Phlox) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth annual, one to three fall tall. Preferred habitat is deciduous woods, savannas and along roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite and vary from egg-shaped to lance-like; smooth margins.
Flowers appear in a large, rounded cluster of one to several cymes; the lower flowers having long stalks. Color is lavender, pink or rarely white. The corollas are smooth within the tubes. Stamens protrude and the styles are united. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Fruit is a capsule.