Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Phlox pilosa
    Prairie Phlox

The lavender flowers of Phlox pilosa are one of the characteristic sights of early summer on savannas and dry prairies. In this photo taken in June, the phlox flowers are already nearly obscured by the fast growing coreopsis tripteris, illustrating the seasonal succession of prairie flowering.

Phlox pilosa

The shortest plants, like the violets, flower early, followed by those about a foot tall, like prairie phlox. The flowering plants become progressively taller as the summer progresses.

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Phlox Pilosa - Prairie Phlox: from Wildflower Nirvana.

Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa): on the Native Wildflowers of the North Dakota Grasslands by the USGS.

Developmental instability in fragmented populations of prairie phlox. An abstact from the University of Iowa Biological Sciences.

Prairie phlox: on Artist's Eye from the Save The Prairie Society. Photo by Todd Bannor.

 

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