Phlox

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Phlox
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Phlox douglasii
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Solanales
Family:Polemoniaceae
Genus:Phlox
Species

About 65 species; see text

Phlox (pronounced "flocks") is a genus of perennial flower that blooms in early spring. They are native mainly to temperate North America, with a few species in eastern Asia. Phlox species are very sensitive to drought, and require plenty of moisture.

Phlox range in color from pale blue to bright red to white. Some species such as Smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima) grow to 1.5 m tall, while others, such as Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera), form low mats only a few centimetres in height.

The foliage of Phlox is sometimes eaten by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Hummingbird hawk moth.

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