Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Annual Phlox - Phlox drummondii   Hooker
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DistributionMostly in the southern Coastal Plain, Sandhills, and lower Piedmont; also in the northern Coastal Plain and Outer Banks; disjunct to the upper Piedmont of Davie and Catawba counties. Specimens from Orange and Wake counties are from gardens. First collected in NC in 1930 at Southport (Brunswick County) by H.L. Blomquist; and in 1932 in Onslow County by C.A. Weatherby.

Native of southern OK to southern TX; adventive and/or planted eastwards.
AbundanceFrequent -- at least formerly -- in the southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills, but post-2000 collections are few. Becky Dill found an established population in Anson County in 2022. Bruce Sorrie, who lives in the Sandhills, has never seen it on roadsides; only in lawns and cemeteries, where probably planted. Uncommon to rare on the Outer Banks and northern Coastal Plain; rare in the Piedmont.
HabitatRoadsides, railroads, fields, cemeteries, lawn weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-May (or later).
IdentificationAnnual Phlox is a short species, and unlike our other short phloxes it has alternate and rather broad leaves. The flowers are brilliant shades of pink -- i.e., rose or magenta in color.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieEastern TX, roadside, Apr 2021. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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