Showy Phlox

Phlox speciosa ssp. occidentalis

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Status

Threatened (Federal)
Red List (Provincial)

Description

Showy Phlox is a perennial herb with stems that can grow 15 to 40 cm tall. The leaves are long and narrow and can grow to 7 cm long and 1 cm in wide. Its flowers, with large, heart-shaped petals, are grouped at the tip of the stems and range in color from pink to white.

Habitat

Showy Phlox occurs in the Okanagan Valley, where the summers are hot and very dry. It occurs in open areas such as grasslands with sagebrush, and open Ponderosa Pine and Douglas-fir forests.

Threats

-Habitat loss due to recreational development
-Intensive livestock grazing
-Fire suppression

You Can Help!

-Learn more about this plant and its biology
-Avoid trampling or driving over the plant and the surrounding environment
-Reduce livestock grazing

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