Phlox drummondii Hook. - Annual Phlox
Family - Polemoniaceae
Flowering - March - July.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, roadsides.
Origin - Native to Texas (USA), cultivated and escaped elsewhere.
Other information - This attractive species can be found in scattered counties throughout Alabama but is most common in the south-east portion of the state. It is a commonly planted roadside wildflower. The plant can be identified by its pubescent stems, alternate leaves, and big flowers. The flowers vary in color from white to purple but are typically pinkish. This is the only alternate-leaved Phlox in Alabama.
Photographs taken off I-75 near Gainesville, FL., 3-20-05.