Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1056

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain of GA & NC)

Look for it in forests, woodlands, woodland borders, barrens, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Lavender/Pink/White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed salverform corolla
5 exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Phlox carolina   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phlox carolina +   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 159-01-009:
Phlox carolina   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

LESS THAN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Phlox glaberrima

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox


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image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm0506i_11

June    Oconee County    SC

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm0506i_12

June    Oconee County    SC

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm080629_062

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Largest leaves near middle of the stem, usually 4-12cm long and 5-27mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm080629_066

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm080629_074

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Leaves ovate-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm180623_2996

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves without distinct lateral and marginal veins, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm180623_3001

June    Greenville County    SC

P. carolina, P. glaberrima & P. maculata are a taxonomically difficult group, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm190604_9035

June    Greenville County    SC

Stamens equalling or exceeding the corolla tube (thus in part exserted), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm190604_9038

June    Greenville County    SC

Typically, P. carolina's calyxes longer, more cylindrical than P. glaberrima, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

JK Marlow    jkm090709_067b

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Calyx subcylindric, the sepals fairly broad, with a rather weak midrib, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

Keith Bradley    kab_phlox_carolina_1678

July    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Phlox carolina, Carolina Phlox , Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox

Ron Lance    rwl_phlox_carolina

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve