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Phlox carolina Linnaeus. Carolina Phlox, Thick-leaf Phlox, Giant Phlox. Phen: May-Jul. Hab: Forests, woodlands, woodland borders, barrens. Dist: VA, WV, IL and MO south to s. GA, Panhandle FL, s. AL, s. MS, se. LA and e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = G, RAB, S, W; > Phlox carolina L. ssp. alta Wherry – K1, Wherry (1955); > Phlox carolina L. ssp. angusta Wherry – Il, K1, Tx, Wherry (1955); > Phlox carolina L. ssp. carolina – K1, Wherry (1955); > Phlox carolina L. ssp. turritella Wherry – K1, Wherry (1955); > Phlox carolina L. var. angusta (Wherry) D.B.Ward – Ward (2012a); > Phlox carolina L. var. carolina – Ward (2012a); < Phlox glaberrima L. – C, Fl5, K4, WH3; < Phlox glaberrima L. ssp. interior (Wherry) Wherry – K3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU
  • Great Plains: FACU
  • Midwest: FACW

Heliophily ?: 6

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
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