\ 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 Any child will be thrilled when their seed kit produces colorful flowers such as zinnias, phlox, and daisies. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2021 Dwarf crested Iris, blue phlox, Canadian wood betony. Shahla Farzan, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2021 Some of the seeds to start include petunias, pansies, dianthus, hollyhocks, delphinium, foxgloves and annual phlox. Tom Maccubbin,, 4 Sep. 2021 The spaces also held lady’s mantle, coral bells, phlox and cone flowers. Susan Degrane,, 21 July 2021 Wildflowers, including wild geranium, phlox and toothwort, and several species of oaks grow there as well. Susan Degrane,, 8 July 2021 This photo shows phlox leaves, but other flowers have them, too. Ellen Nibali,, 23 June 2021 Colin chose flowers native to Maryland that are good for pollinators, including cone flowers, aster, black-eyed Susans, goldenrod, yarrow, lavender, ragwort and phlox. Janet Kusterer,, 28 May 2021 Close to two dozen species including wild blue phlox, violets, trilliums, and jack-in-the-pulpit are evident. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021

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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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The first known use of phlox was circa 1706

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25 Sep 2021

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“Phlox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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\ 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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