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Phlox hoodii
Hood's phlox

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains in the north.

Habitat: Dry, open places in the plains and foothills, often in lithosol, occasionally to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tap-rooted, mat-forming perennial, usually with loose hairs, especially on the leaf margins and calyx.


Leaves narrowly linear, firm and sharp pointed, 4-10 mm. long and about 0.5 mm. wide.


Flowers solitary and sessile at the ends of the stems; calyx with flat, papery intervals between the herbaceous segments, obscured by the pubescence, the 5 lobes narrow and firm, the midrib thickened; corolla white to blue or pink, the tube 4-10 mm. long, the 5 lobes 4-7 mm. long; style 3-parted, 4-7 mm. long; ovary superior.


Capsule 3-celled, with one seed in each cell.

Accepted Name:
Phlox hoodii Richardson
Publication: Narr. Journey Polar Sea 733, pl. 28. 1823.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. canescens – Hood's phlox
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phlox hoodii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Phlox hoodii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Phlox hoodii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phlox hoodii photos.

USDA Plants: Phlox hoodii information.

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