phlox

noun
\ ˈfläks How to pronounce phlox (audio) \
plural phlox or phloxes

Definition of phlox

: any of a genus (Phlox of the family Polemoniaceae, the phlox family) of American annual or perennial herbs that have usually pink, purplish, white, or variegated flowers, a salverform corolla with the stamens on its tube, and a 3-valved capsular fruit

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Examples of phlox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the best plants to attract a variety of pollinators are coneflower, phlox, monarda, butterfly bush, sedum, any variety of daisy, liatris, any variety of milkweed, lantana, zinnia, Joe Pye weed, allium and pearly everlasting. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall is the perfect time to put in pollinator-friendly plants, and help the environment," 3 Sep. 2020 Another plant with pink flowers that is attracting attention now is Fanick’s phlox. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Coral vine, John Fanick phlox and bougainvillea are what’s blooming in San Antonio gardens right now," 30 July 2020 The Pulmonaria and gingers are easy to tease apart, but with the phlox or a hosta, another kitchen discard — an old serrated bread knife — is indispensable for cutting apart dense, unearthed root masses. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "Shopping Your Garden," 28 Apr. 2020 Every April full moon is known as a pink moon because its rise roughly coincides with the blooming of pink phlox in much of North America. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Miss Tonight’s Pink Supermoon," 7 Apr. 2020 Natchez’ crepe myrtle and cedar tree in the center bed, adding a Japanese maple for screening and shade as well as low-lying spreading yews, lavender phlox, and lamb’s ears. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "Peek Inside an Alabama Backyard Retreat Built for Embracing Nature," 25 Apr. 2020 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, shizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemisa, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Want to grow your own food? Here are the easiest vegetables to cultivate in Alaska.," 16 Apr. 2020 The April full moon is known as the pink moon on account of the herb moss pink, also known as wild ground phlox, according to NASA. Fox News, "Super pink moon thrills skywatchers," 8 Apr. 2020 The April full moon is known as the pink moon, on account of the herb moss pink, also known as wild ground phlox, according to NASA. Fox News, "Super pink moon: NASA's top tips for April skywatchers," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of phlox

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phlox

New Latin, from Latin, a flower, from Greek, flame, wallflower

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12 Sep 2020

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“Phlox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phlox. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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phlox

noun
\ ˈfläks How to pronounce phlox (audio) \
plural phlox or phloxes

Kids Definition of phlox

: a plant grown for its showy clusters of usually white, pink, or purplish flowers

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