\ˈfläks \
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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Plant them in borders with catmints (Nepeta), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), blazingstars (Liatris), yarrows (Achillea), and Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum maximum). The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Gorgeous Medicinal Echinacea In Your Garden," 17 July 2017 The hot pink blossoms topping dark purple stems of this phlox are new favorites in the backbones of ornamental beds. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Consider growing perennials that bloom and bloom ...," 17 Jan. 2018 It is known as the pink moon because wild phlox, a type of flowering ground cover, is blooming at this time of year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Scott Dance,, "Look for the full pink moon — plus Venus and Jupiter — on Sunday," 28 Apr. 2018 For late winter and early spring grow Salvia greggii, horse herb, phlox, verbena, coreopsis and blue curl (Phacelia). Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Attracting and producing butterflies in your landscape," 6 Apr. 2018 Bluebonnets, poppies, coreopsis, phlox, winecups and primrose are obvious. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s blooming in S.A. gardens now in April," 20 Apr. 2018 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemesia, marigold and nasturtiums. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Spruce bark beetles are back with a vengeance. Here’s how to defend your trees.," 19 Apr. 2018 Shiba-sakura are low-lying moss phlox, which produce arresting pink hues that contrast with the snowcapped peak in the distance. Mary Forgione,, "When fields at the base of Japan's Mt. Fuji turn bright pink, and not just from cherry blossoms," 6 Mar. 2018 Given those considerations, go ahead and cut back lilies, daylilies, garden phlox, iris, geranium, monarda, daisies, coreopsis and any other plants that look bad. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Gardener: Cut back perennials? It's up to you," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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\ˈfläks \
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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