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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Phlox carolina

Carolina Phlox, Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox, Summer Phlox

Scientific Name:

Phlox carolina

Genus:

Phlox

Species Epithet:

carolina

Common Name:

Carolina Phlox, Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox, Summer Phlox

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polemoniaceae (Jacob's-Ladder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests, woodlands, woodland borders, barrens. In NC, common in the southern mountains. Uncommon to infrequent in much of the Piedmont and the northern mountains, but very rare in the northeastern portion of the Piedmont. Extremely rare in the eastern Coastal Plain. This is the most often seen Phlox in the southern mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank is G5? - probably secure but uncertain.

In full bloom in July

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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