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Phlox paniculata L.

Garden phlox

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderEricalesTea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others
FamilyPolemoniaceaePhlox, Jabob’s-ladder
GenusPhloxGreek φλόξ, means “flame”
Speciespaniculata“With flowers in panicles”

About plant names...

The common name "garden phlox" is misleading, since this plant is a widespread North American native plant—the name refers to its popularity among gardeners. Numerous cultivars have been developed.

Identification: Plants are usually 2-3′ (60-91 cm) tall, sometimes reaching 4′ (1.2 m). Leaves are oval-shaped, 4-7″ (10-17 cm) long, pointed at both ends, sometimes wider near the base, otherwise widest in the middle. Branched flower clusters 3-8″ (8-20 cm) around are composed of multiple salverform flowers about 1″ (2.5 cm) around, each with five petals. Flowers are pink, sometimes white or lavender.

Online References:


Illinois Wildflowers


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants


Wikimedia Commons

Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)

7/24/2010 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 17 × 12″ (44 × 29 cm)


Phlox paniculata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)

6/27/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 8 × 5″ (19 × 13 cm)

Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)

6/27/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer · ≈ 8 × 12″ (20 × 31 cm)

Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)

A visiting Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly. · 8/12/2011 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine · By Constance B. Kent ID is uncertain

Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)

6/27/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 11 × 7″ (27 × 18 cm)


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