Perennial. Moist open woods and fields. Ontario to Minnesota, south to Florida, Kansas, and Arkansas.
Abundant in northern Ohio. April, May.
Downy, erect or diffuse, with creeping prostrate or ascending leafy shoots.
Of flowering stems opposite, ovate-lanceolate or oblong, mostly acute; the uppermost almost clasping.
Pale lilac-purple, in loose, spreading clusters, faintly fragrant.
Five-toothed; teeth slender and pointed.
Salver-shaped, five-lobed with long tube; lobes obcordate or obovate and notched, convolute in bud.
Five, unequal, inserted on the corolla-tube and alternate with its lobes, included.
Phlox. Phlox divaricata
Ovary three-celled; style threadlike; stigmas three.
This is one of the flowers so abundant both in April and May that one scarcely knows in which month to place it. In color it varies from pale lilac to nearly white. Like all the Phloxes, its corolla is salver-shaped, this word referring to the ancient salver whose handle was a tube extending below the tray, rather than to our modern form. It is very pretty in masses, but its color is not decided enough to be effective alone, and its loose clusters look a little ragged. The Phlox Drummondii of the gardens is a Texan species, which has been developed into numerous varieties.