[Phlox: The Genus Phlox East of the Cascade Mts. of Oregon and Washington]

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox

Phlox hoodii var. canescens

Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

The photo above shows several flowers of Hood's phlox as seen from hillsides west of Vantage, WA.........March 29, 2007.

Close-up sideview of the flower of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)The photo above shows a close-up view of the calyx and corolla of Hood's phlox as seen from hillsides west of Vantage, WA.........March 29, 2007. The sharp point at the tip of each leaf is readily apparent in the photo.
Characteristics:

Hood's phlox is a pretty, compact, mat or low cushion forming wildflower. The leaves are firm and pungent, and are narrowly linear. Most leaves range from 4 to 10 mm long and about 0.5 to 1 mm wide. The leaves of Hood's phlox tend to be stiffer and generally shorter than those of spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa).

The beautiful flowers are solitary, sessile, and at the tips of the stems. The corolla is white, pink, or a light blue. The tube ranges in length from 4 to 10 mm long, with the lobes being 4 to 7 mm long. The membranes between the ribs of the calyx tube are flat and often obscured by the hairs there. The style is 2-5 mm long. Four of the anthers are near the mouth of the tube, while the fifth is below the others. It is positioned above the tip of the style.


Habitat:

Hood's phlox is a wildflower of dry open places. It is commonly found with sagebrush. It is found from the hills of the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.


Range:

Hood's phlox is a widespread phlox. It is found from Alaska south through the Yukon, and along the east side of the Rockies into Alberta and Saskatchewan to northern Colorado and western Nebraska. It passes wetward of the Rockies through Wyoming to southern Idaho, norhtern Utah, and as far west as the eastern base of the Cascade Range, into central Washington and south through central Oregon to northeastern California.


Close-up sideview of the flower (with cutaway showing stamens) of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

The photo above show a look inside the tubular corolla of Hood's phlox as seen from hillsides west of Vantage, WA.........March 29, 2007. Note the stamens attached at varying levels of the tube.

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

The photo above shows a cushion of Hood's phlox as seen from hillsides west of Vantage, WA.........March 29, 2007.

Close-up of a flower (and internal stamens) of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Close-up of a flower of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Close-up sideview of the calyx and corolla tube of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Additional close-up photos of Hood's phlox as seen along Forest Service Road #1450, Malheur National Forest.......July 3, 2010.

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Close-up sideview of a flower of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Close-up sideview of a flower of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Close-ups of what appears to be Hood's phlox as seen on rock outcrops around Jackman Park, Steens Mountain of Harney County, Oregon.........June 2, 2012.

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Close-up side view of a flower of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Hood's phlox as seen on a gravelly bald atop the steep slope to the north of the Cottonwood Canyon State Park administration buildings..........February 22, 2015.

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Hood's phlox observed on a rocky bald at about 7400' along the Fremont National Recreation Trail on the southeastern shoulder of Crook Peak, Fremont-Winema National Forest........June 28, 2019.

Close-up view of the flower interior of Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

The photo above show a look inside the tubular corolla of Hood's phlox from the Dalles Mt, Columbia River Gorge.........April 22, 2001. Note the stamens attached at varying levels of the tube.

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Hood's phlox as seen on a gravelly bald atop the steep slope to the north of the Cottonwood Canyon State Park administration buildings..........March 18, 2016.

Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata) - Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Hood's phlox as observed on scablands along Forest Road 4240 about a mile south of Lame Dog Creek, Ochoco National Forest.......April 26, 2018.


Carpet Phlox, Hood's Phlox, Spiny Phlox: Phlox hoodii var. canescens (Synonyms: Phlox canescens, Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens, Phlox lanata)

Hood's phlox blooming on the western face of Light Peak, Fremont-Winema National Forest......June 29, 2019.

Paul Slichter