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Polemoniaceae / Phlox
Fall Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Fall Phlox is also known as Perennial Phlox and Garden Phlox.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant which can reach 213cm in height (84inches).
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 15cm in length (6inches). The lanceolate entire have a veining pattern unique to it and one other of our Phloxes. The veins branch off the center vein the curve toward the tip of the leaf near the edge and connect with the next vein forming what appears to be a vein along the edge of the leaf. There is usually over a dozen pairs of leaves.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 2.5cm wide (1 inches). They are purplish pink sometimes various other colors. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into mid fall. The flower consistis of a slender tube flaring into five lobes. The stigma extends beyond the corolla.
Habitat: Open woods and borders especially bottom land or other seasonlly flooded areas.
Range: Eastern US as far north as New York and as far south as Georgia. Escaped from cultivation elsewhere.

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Because this species has been cultivated and developed into neumerous colors that escape from cultivation and cross with the wild plants you may see a range of colors from purple to pink and white.

Similar Species: Broadleaf Phlox (P. amplifolia) Has the same vein pattern in the leaves. It does not get as tall, only to 1.5m (5'), and the leaves are longer, 18cm (7"). It never has more than 15 pairs of leaves. The inflorescence has small glandular hairs.

There are at least a dozen species found in our area some of which are similar. See:
Cleft Phlox, Phlox bifida
Downy Phlox, Phlox pilosa

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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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