spreadingphloxaaw11

Ansel Adams Wilderness, Thousand Island Lake, August 2011

  • Phlox diffusa Benth
  • Mat phlox, Spreading phlox
  • Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
  • Synonym(s):
  • USDA Symbol: PHDI3
  • USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

The low, circular woody mats of this phlox sprawl widely and are densely covered by yellow-green, narrow, needle-like, but not spiny, leaves. In flower, this is quite showy with blossoms of white to lavender to purple to pink. The blossoms are small but can be so numerous at times as to completely hide the leaves.

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