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Spiny Phlox
Phlox hoodii
About Spiny Phlox (Phlox hoodii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Phlox hoodii (spiny phlox or carpet phlox) is a species of phlox. It is a plant of western North America, where it is a common flower in sagebrush country. It is among the first plants to bloom in spring, after the snow has melted. Its distribution extends from Alaska to Arizona. There are many subspecies. This perennial herb is variable in morphology, but usually forms a tight mat or loose clump on the ground. The short stems emerge from a woody taproot and caudex unit and the plant form is no more than 13 centimeters tall. The abundant tiny, sharp-pointed leaves are oppositely arranged and barely exceed one centimeter long. The herbage is hairy in texture, the hairs short to long, woolly to cobwebby. The appearance of the plant is almost mosslike until blooming. The flower cluster is a solitary flower in shades of white, pink, or blue. It has a tubular throat about a centimeter long spreading into a flat five-lobed corolla.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2.4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 6 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, rocky places,

Annual Precipitation: 11.1" - 74.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.62" - 3.13", Coldest Month: 21.9" - 43.9", Hottest Month: 45.5" - 65.8", Humidity: 0.70" - 19.36", Elevation: 4175" - 10385"

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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