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Spreading Phlox
Phlox diffusa
  
About Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Phlox diffusa is a species of phlox known by the common name spreading phlox. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to the southwestern United States to the Dakotas, where it grows in many types of habitat, including rocky, high elevation mountain slopes. It is a very compact mat-forming perennial herb growing in cushions or patches of short, decumbent stems. The linear, lance-shaped, or needle-like leaves are no more than 1.5 centimeters long and are oppositely arranged in bundles on the short stems. The flower cluster is a solitary tubular flower around a centimeter long. It has a flat white or pale pink or blue corolla with five lobes each just under a centimeter in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
6 in tall

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry open places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.9" - 158.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 6.33", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 48.7", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 75.2", Humidity: 0.47" - 24.58", Elevation: 385" - 14090"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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