On my way home the other day, I noticed a few Phlox hoodii in bloom on the eroded clay slopes along the Bow River uplands bike path.
Wish I could grow this! P. hoodii was the first western phlox I'd ever seen and seeing them in bloom in late April on Nose Hill, Calgary was always a highlight on my spring trips there.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year
You are lucky, Lori! I can never notice something like that here. The Norwegian native flora is rather poor compared with other countries (maybe due to glaciation).
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
LoriI have always grown P. hoodii ssp. hoodii in my gardens. I love the drought tolerant little creeper. with it's little white notched crosses.Since moving to Nevada I have been introduced to ssp. canescens more of a cushion former with fuller flowers and no notch on the petals but the same prickly foliage. Two weeks ago on a Nevada Native Plant Society field trip we found it in full bloom on, dry north facing slopes. Out of the hundreds of snowy white flowering plants we saw a nice light pink one stood out from the crowd. Needless to say it got our full attention (well for a few minutes anyway).I have encountered P. hoodii plants with just a hint of pink on the Northern Great Plains, but never a pink colored one.These photos are of Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens
From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV zone 6-7
John P Weiser