Cold-desert Phlox, Pink Phlox

Phlox stansburyi

Phlox stansburyi

Color: Pink to white

Common name: Cold-desert Phlox, Pink Phlox

Latin name: Phlox stansburyi

Family: POLEMONIACEAE

Height: 2-8 inches

Description: It is a perennial herb taking an upright, branching form generally growing up through shrubs. The inflorescence bears one or more white to pink flowers with narrow, tubular throats which may exceed 3 centimeters in length. The base of the tube is encased in a calyx of keeled, ribbed sepals. The flower corolla is flat and five-lobed.

Phlox stansburyi

Leaf: The hairy linear or lance-shaped leaves are 1-3 cm in length and oppositely arranged.

Range: Desert Mountains, East of Sierra Nevada

Habitat: Dry areas in sagebrush scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland

Elevation: 1700–3000 m.

Flowering time: Apr–Jun

Notes: This photo was taken on May 5, 2004 Mid Hills Campground, Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California. Phlox stansburyi, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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