Phlox nivalis Lodd. - Trailing Phlox
Family - Polemoniaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Sandhills, dry pinelands, dry deciduous woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive and early flowering species can be found in just a few scattered Alabama counties. The plant is found in sandhill and dry habitats which limits its range in the state. This species can be identified by its woody, trailing stems (the flowering stems are erect), its linear leaves, and erose-margined flower petals. The petals can also have a notch at their apices and this often makes the plant easy to confuse with another species, P. subulata L.
Photographs taken at the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, NC., 4-27-03.