Phlox divaricata forest phlox Polemoniaceae PHDI (*); Bx, pb, wv (Yost et al. 1991); R (DeCandido 2001);

 

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Phlox divaricata.en.wikipedia.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Phlox divaricata is a perennial herb 30-50 cm tall, base of stem often prostrate (decumbent), stems clumped but also sparingly colonial from basal stolons; roots associated with VA mycorrhizas (Brundrett and Kendrick 1988). 

Leaves opposite, 2-5 cm long, 0.5-1.2 cm wide, narrowly egg-shaped to oblong, tip barely pointed or blunt. 

Flowers usually pale blue-purple, sometimes red or white, radially symmetrical, tubular, 5-parted, petal lobes flaring, 2-3 cm wide notched at tip spreading abruptly at top of tube (salverform), tube 1-2 cm long; calyx tubular, 5-lobed; stamens 5, ovary superior, one style, about as long as ovary, stigmas 3 about as long as style; inflorescence branched, glandular hairy, compact. 

Fruit a dry capsule 3-parted, splitting open to release 3seeds. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native north and west of NYC. 

Habitat: Rich woods, soil pH 5.5-7.2, moderately tolerant of shade, intolerant of anaerobic soils, salt. 

Notes: Native populations mostly west of coastal plain. Ours probably escaped from cultivation.