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Hairy Phlox, Chalice Phlox - Phlox amoena


Family: Polemoniaceae - Phlox family Genus Common Name: Phlox Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Phlox amoena - Hairy Phlox, Chalice Phlox. Phlox species are difficult to differentiate. Not only do several species share similar shapes in both the flower and the leaves, but the color ranges are broad and similar. An identifying characteristic for this species is the hairy calyx, but glabrous corolla tube.

Phlox amoena is a plant of dry forests, roadsides, and hills. It blooms from April thru July, depending on the part of the range. It is found in the southeastern states.

Found in:
AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

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Phlox amoena

Distribution of Phlox amoena in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 22 Sep 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Grundy County, TN Date: 2008-April-26Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
Phlox species are difficult to differentiate. Not only do several species share similar shapes in both the flower and the leaves, but the color ranges are broad and similar. A unique characteristic for Phlox amoena is the hairy flower calyx.
Phlox amoena

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-14Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The stamens are shorter than the corolla tube; they are “included” - do not extend outside the corolla tube. This is a characteristic to note when identifying Phlox species.
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Phlox amoena

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-14Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The leafy, hairy bracts subtending the inflorescence typically hide the hairy calyces. While the plant is hairy, the corolla tube is glabrous.
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Phlox amoena

Site: Grundy County, TN Date: 2008-April-26Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
This image shows the feature that gives Phlox amoena the "hairy" in its common name.
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Phlox amoena

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-14Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The opposite, lanceolate leaves are hairy, and up to about 2 inches long. They are rarely acuminate (long, sharp point on end), and are usually about 5 times as long as they are wide. Similar species P. lighthipei (sometimes classified as a variety of P. amoena) have relatively narrower leaves, usually being around 10 times as long as they are wide.
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Phlox amoena

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