Polemoniaceae
Phlox diffusa

Spreading Phlox

Mat or open mound with woody base and branches, hairless or covered with thin white hairs, not glandular. Leaves very narrow, sharp on tips, hairy at base. Flowers solitary on leafy branch tips, stemless, lavender, purple, white, pink, or darker rose; petals narrow to round, overlapping, often with dark area near center forming ring. Grows in gravelly soils in dry open areas at all elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 2--8 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Subalpine, Alpine
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Crater Lake NP, Siskiyous, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes